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Intracranial Pressure: Mechanisms and Monitoring

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

BIOMED Seminar


Intracranial Pressure: Mechanisms and Monitoring

Sarah E. Nelson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology
Icahn School of Medicine
Associate Director
Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit (NSICU), Mount Sinai West
Mount Sinai Health System

Many diseases in neurocritical care can potentially result in increased pressures in the brain (i.e., intracranial pressure; ICP) that may require monitoring and treatment. Several relationships relevant to ICP have been elucidated such as the brain having compliance up until a point – beyond which reserve is lost and the patient manifests with intracranial pressure. This presentation will review principles such as these relevant to ICP and related physiology as well discuss ICP values and patterns that may be intertwined with patient’s clinical condition. Mechanisms leading to ICP, especially in intracranial hemorrhage, will be discussed as well as factors relevant to a neurocritical care patient’s outcome. The speaker’s hope is that this talk will shed light on a variety of ICP-related factors and how they may affect a given patient.
Sarah Nelson, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neurology and Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She received her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She then completed her neurology residency at Tufts Medical Center, followed by fellowship training in neurocritical care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2020, Dr. Nelson earned a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently has diverse research interests in the fields of neuroimaging, subarachnoid hemorrhage, status epilepticus, and ischemic stroke. She is also the co-editor of the neurocritical care textbook, "Neurocritical Care Unit: Clinical Practice and Organization."

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