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Patient assessment

 

After head trauma, patients need to be monitored closely.

This table shows the parameters to be monitored as well as the suggested frequency

©Ruth Dennis for Vetlexicon Canis.

Brain trauma

 

Can you spot the four lesions? Click on the image to find out.

©University of Cambridge for Vetlexicon Canis.

Skull fracture

 

Can you spot the fracture?

Click on the image for detail.

Dealing with head trauma

 

How to treat patients with head trauma remains a relatively controversial topic and, with limited studies in animals, much of the information is extrapolated from human studies. However, it is important to manage these patients appropriately from the outset as it is likely that the treatment they receive initially will dictate their outcome.

Volume 26(3), Autumn 2016