The Role of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Brain Death [Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim]
Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2019; 47(5): 367-374 | DOI: 10.5152/TJAR.2019.82258  

The Role of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Brain Death

Umut Sabri Kasapoğlu, Murat Haliloğlu, Beliz Bilgili, İsmail Cinel
Department of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation, Division of Intensive Care, Marmara University School of Medicine, İstanbul, Turkey

Ancillary tests can be used for the diagnosis of brain death in cases wherein uncertainty exists regarding the neurological examination and apnoea test cannot be performed. Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD) is a useful, valid, non-invasive, portable, and repeatable ancillary test for the confirmation of brain death. Despite its varying sensitivity and specificity rates with regard to the diagnosis of the brain death, its clinical use has steadily increased in the intensive care unit because of its numerous superior properties. The use of TCD as an ancillary test for the diagnosis of brain death and cerebral circulatory arrest is discussed in the current review.

Keywords: Ancillary test, brain death, ultrasonography, Doppler, intensive care unit


Umut Sabri Kasapoğlu, Murat Haliloğlu, Beliz Bilgili, İsmail Cinel. The Role of Transcranial Doppler Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis of Brain Death. Turk J Anaesthesiol Reanim. 2019; 47(5): 367-374

Corresponding Author: İsmail Cinel, Türkiye


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