Brain herniation

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A brain herniation (pressure cone) is a protrusion of the brain tissue. A certain area of ​​the brain is pushed out of its typical location due to the influence of various pathological processes, for example edema. These lesions increase intracranial pressure. There is ischemia of the brain, damage in the area of ​​the herniation, and often also oppression of vital structures in the places where the herniation pushes through.

On the surface of the brain, the border of the protrusion is visible as an indented groove. Larger or longer-lasting herniations can be congested, subsequently hemorrhagic to necrotic.

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Type of herniation What? Where? Pushes on
Central stem rostrum + diencephalon into the tentorial opening and cerebri posterior and trunk arteries
Interhemispheric gyrus cinguli under the falx cerebri a. cerebri anterior
Temporal uncus gyri hypocampi to the back pit n. oculomotorius, a. cerebri posterior
Tonsillar cerebellar tonsils foramen magnum elongated spinal cord

Cingular (interhemispheric) herniation[edit | edit source]

In the case of cingulate herniation, the gyrus cinguli (the gyrus surrounding the medial corpus calosum) is pushed under the falx cerebri. This typically occurs with unilateral processes in the frontal lobe. Diagnostically, it is visible both on CT and on angiography, when we denote the movement of the a. cerebri anterior below the falx as signum falcis. Clinically, it usually has no noticeable symptoms. However, there may be compression or kinking of the a. cerebri anterior, subsequent ischemia deepens the symptomatology (palsy DK...)

Central herniation (transtentorial)[edit | edit source]

Brain herniation: 1 – uncal, 2 – central, 3 – cingulate, 4 – transcalvarial, 5 – cerebellar, 6 – tonsillar

In central herniation, the rostral part of the trunk and diencephala is pushed into the tentorial foramen (after the clivus). There is compression of the posterior cerebral artery and trunk arteries. It arises from a lesion in the supratentorial space. It gradually leads to rostrocaudal deterioration of stem functions. We distinguish the following clinical stages for this herniation:

Pyramidal irritation phenomena on DK – Babinski
  1. Diencephalic disorder manifests itself first as symmetrical bilateral miosa (central sympathetic disorder - hypothalamus), followed by disturbances of consciousness according to the Glasgow Coma Scale [[Glasgow depth of unconsciousness scale|(GCS)] ] 9–14. A pull on the stalk of the pituitary gland causes diabetes insipidus, pyramidal irritation phenomena on DK (Babinski) and a hypertonic state. In the worst case, decortication (flexion) occurs. Breathing is spontaneous with yawns and sighs, later Cheyne-Stokes. This impairment is 95% reversible.
  2. Mesencephalon disorder is accompanied by bilateral mydriasis (parasympathetic disorder – Edinger-Westphal nuclei) and impaired consciousness according to GCS 4–9. Decerebral rigidity (extension, opistotonus) appears.
  3. Disruption of the "pont" manifests itself as loss of muscle tone = atony, because the connection to the cerebellum does not work. The pupils are unresponsive; mydriatic. tachypnea occurs.
  4. Disruption of the medulla, which contains vitally important centers, is manifested by a drop in blood pressure (regulatory pressure center) and respiratory arrest (respiratory center).

Temporal herniation[edit | edit source]

Displacement of the uncus gyri hippocampi into the posterior cranial fossa is referred to as temporal herniation. It occurs in rapidly expanding processes compressing the temporal lobe (epidural hematoma). The first on the wound is N. III, there is homolateral mydriasis, then contralateral hemiparesis either with oppression of the cortex or pyramidal tract. As long as the patient has a mydriatic one pupil, it is still relatively fine, then it continues to press on the mesencephalon and bilateral mydriasis occurs. Further progression corresponds to the picture described for central herniation.

Occipital Conus[edit | edit source]

An occipital conus is a herniation of the tonsils cerebellum through the foramen magnum. There is oppression of the spinal cord long. It can arise as a terminal phase of central or temporal herniation or it is during expansive processes in the posterior cranial fossa. Clinically, we find headaches, double vision (diplopia), limb weakness, coordination disorders (ataxia), irritation phenomena. Opposition of the neck (pseudomeningeal syndrome) is also often seen. Decompensation of the condition can be sudden.


Fungus cerebri[edit | edit source]

Fungus cerebri is a special type of herniation. It occurs 'after brain operations, when the edematous brain pushes into the trepanation hole and raises the skull bones.

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