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Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in children: Management

Author
Robert C Tasker, MBBS, MD
Section Editors
Susan B Torrey, MD
Adrienne G Randolph, MD, MSc
Marc C Patterson, MD, FRACP
Deputy Editor
James F Wiley, II, MD, MPH

INTRODUCTION

The management of elevated ICP in children will be reviewed here.

The clinical manifestations and diagnosis of elevated intracranial pressure in children and the initial approach to severe traumatic brain injury in children is discussed separately. (See "Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in children: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis" and "Initial approach to severe traumatic brain injury in children".)

RECOGNITION

Although discussed separately, the assessment and management of elevated ICP are performed jointly in practice. Acutely elevated ICP should be suspected in children with any one of the following findings (see "Elevated intracranial pressure (ICP) in children: Clinical manifestations and diagnosis", section on 'Acutely elevated ICP'):

Severe headache with vomiting

Coma

                    

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