Ethical Considerations in Surgical Decompression for Stroke

Nathan A. Shlobin*, Jeffrey R. Clark, Justin M. Campbell, Mark Bernstein, Babak S. Jahromi, Matthew B. Potts

*Corresponding author for this work

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Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Neurosurgical decompression is often considered for the treatment of malignant infarcts and intraparenchymal hemorrhages, but this treatment can be frought with ethical dilemmas. In this article, the authors outline the primary principles of bioethics and their application to stroke care, provide an overview of key ethical issues and special situations in the neurosurgical management of stroke, and highlight methods to improve ethical decision-making for patients with stroke. Understanding these ethical principles is essential for stroke care teams to deliver appropriate, timely, and ethical care to patients with stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2673-2682
Number of pages10
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2022


  • bioethics
  • decompressive craniectomy
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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