Early management of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

A report of the Cooperative Aneurysm Study

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✓ The overall results are presented of early medical management and delayed operation among 249 patients studied during the period 1974 to 1977, treated within 3 days of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) and evaluated 90 days after aneurysm rupture. The results included 36.2% mortality, 17.9% survival with serious neurological sequelae, and 46% with a favorable outcome. Of the patients admitted in good neurological condition, 28.7% had died and only 55.7% had a favorable recovery at 90 days after SAH. These figures represent the results despite effective reduction in early rebleeding by antifibrinolytic therapy and successful surgery in those patients reaching operation. Further therapeutic advances are needed for patients hospitalized within a few days after SAH.

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Address reprint requests to: Harold P. Adams, Jr., M.D., Cooperative Aneurysm Study, Department of Neurology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

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