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What is Neurocritical care?


Neurocritical care is the intensive care of patients with life-threatening neurological illnesses such as massive stroke, bleeding in and around the brain (subarachnoid hemorrhage, intracerebral hemorrhage, subdural hemorrhage, intraventricular hemorrhage), brain tumors, brain trauma, severe seizures, nerve and muscle diseases (such as myasthenia gravis or Guillain-Barre Syndrome) and spinal cord disorders among others. Many neurocritical care patients are comatose or paralyzed and may suffer injuries in other parts of the body as well. Neurocritical care units specialize in managing the unique needs of such patients.