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Related to cerebral herniation: Tonsillar herniation, Uncal herniation, tentorial herniation, Herniation of the brain
cerebral herniationThe displacement of part of the brain due to a marked ↑ in intracranial pressure, forcing the brain in the direction of least resistance, ie down the foramen magnum Clinical Paralysis, coma, unilateral dilated pupil Etiology Head injury, brain tumors, abscess, bacterial meningitis Types Cerebellar, uncal, transtentorial
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Downward displacement of the brain (usually as a result of cerebral edema, hematoma, or tumor) into the brainstem. The resulting injury to brainstem functions rapidly leads to coma, nerve palsies, and death if treatment is ineffective.
See also: herniation
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