Most studies of outcome from head injury suffer from a failure to address the age question within the population reported,46 or they report only limited numbers of young patients.23 This requires comparisons with studies performed at major pediatric centers, which have no concurrent comparable adult population.2,8,9,25,39 The present study compares the outcome of adult and pediatric patients within a large population and analyzes the differences in outcome for each major clinical determinant of mortality due to head injury.
We are grateful for the contributions of the following individuals and institutions: Michael D. Walker, M.D., National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke; Howard Eisenberg, M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas; Robert G. Grossman, M.D., and Guy L. Clifton, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; Michael Miner, M.D., Ph.D., and Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D., The University of Texas Medical School, Houston, Texas; Kamran Tabaddor, M.D., Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, Bronx, New York; and Robert J. Frye, Ph.D., and Judith C. Huang, University of California Medical Center, San Diego, California. Mr. Ward Flexer provided expert editorial assistance.
This study was supported by Contracts N01-NS-9-2312, 2313, and 2314B from the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke.
This work was presented in part at the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on December 5, 1986.