Safely Use Hypertonic Saline or Mannitol for Cerebral Edema

You’ll hear more about managing cerebral edema using hyperosmolar agents...mannitol or hypertonic saline.

Cerebral edema can be caused by trauma, stroke, meningitis, or other neurological injuries. It may increase intracranial pressure (ICP)...and lead to brain herniation and death.

New guidelines confirm either hypertonic saline or mannitol are go-to agents to reduce ICP in most cases.

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