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LANGE, Marcos C.  and  TASK FORCE GROUP OF THE NEUROSONOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF THE BRAZILIAN ACADEMY OF NEUROLOGY et al. Brazilian guidelines for the application of transcranial ultrasound as a diagnostic test for the confirmation of brain death. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2012, vol.70, n.5, pp.373-380. ISSN 0004-282X.

Neurosonological studies, specifically transcranial Doppler (TCD) and transcranial color-coded duplex (TCCD), have high level of specificity and sensitivity and they are used as complementary tests for the diagnosis of brain death (BD). A group of experts, from the Neurosonology Department of the Brazilian Academy of Neurology, created a task force to determine the criteria for the following aspects of diagnosing BD in Brazil: the reliability of TCD methodology; the reliability of TCCD methodology; neurosonology training and skills; the diagnosis of encephalic circulatory arrest; and exam documentation for BD. The results of this meeting are presented in the current paper.

Keywords : transcranial Doppler; encephalic circulatory arrest; brain death.

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