Brain Death

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Irreversible loss of brain and brainstem function

Mechanism of brain injury

Sudden stoppage of blood and/ or oxygen supply to the brain

Example of brain injury

  • Severe head injury
  • Stroke
  • Ruptured vessels in the brain
  • Intracerebral bleeding
  • Severe brain infection

Clinical diagnosis

Test for brain stem function

  • Exclude conditions that may confound brain stem function
  • Proof of irreversibility of brain dysfunction