Using ocular ultrasounds to measure brain pressure may help predict stroke patients’ death risk

February 12, 2015 2:34 PM

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Using ocular ultrasounds to measure brain pressure may help predict stroke patients’ death risk

Examining the eyes is clinicians’ first line of action when a patient complains about a headache that won’t go away. When there’s pressure behind the eyes— either due to a serious ailment like a brain tumor or meningitis, or in the instance of a stroke— it’s because blood flow in the brain isn’t functioning properly, thus causing the brain to swell.

Researchers at the University of Florida have discovered that measuring the optic nerve sheath, the nerve that connects the eye and the brain, may help predict the death risk of patients with these and other neurologically stressful conditions. The study is being presented this week at the American ...

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