Primary brain tumor patients admitted to a US intensive care unit: a descriptive analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Purpose: To describe our population of primary brain tumor (PBT) patients, a subgroup of cancer patients whose intensive care unit (ICU) outcomes are understudied. Methods: Retrospective analysis of PBT patients admitted to an ICU between 2013 to 2018 for an unplanned need. Using descriptive analyses, we characterized our population and their outcomes. Results: Fifty-nine PBT patients were analyzed. ICU mortality was 19% (11/59). The most common indication for admission was seizures (n = 16, 27%). Conclusion: Our ICU mortality of PBT patients was comparable to other solid tumor patients and the general ICU population and better than patients with hematological malignancies. Further study of a larger population would inform guidelines for triaging PBT patients who would most benefit from ICU-level care.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kang, JH; Swisher, CB; Buckley, ED; Herndon, JE; Lipp, ES; Kirkpatrick, JP; Desjardins, A; Friedman, HS; Johnson, MO; Randazzo, DM; Ashley, DM; Peters, KB

Published Date

  • September 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 10 / 3

Start / End Page

  • CNS77 -

PubMed ID

  • 34545753

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC8461751

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2045-0915

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2217/cns-2021-0009


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England