Increased Intracranial Pressure

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Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) occurs when pressure is elevated inside the cranial vault due to causes such as head trauma and stroke. Increased ICP is a medical emergency with the potential for a variety of serious complications, including death. It requires urgent treatment.

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According to the Monro-Kellie hypothesis, the three components of the cranial vault (brain matter, cerebrospinal fluid and blood) can be considered to have a fixed total volume; therefore, if one of the three components increases in volume, there is little capacity for the total intracranial volume to increase. This results in raised intracranial pressure, which can have a variety of serious consequences


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