Glycemic control after brain injury: Boon and bane for the brain

K. Jauch-Chara*, K. M. Oltmanns

*Corresponding author for this work
12 Citations (Scopus)


Hyperglycemia is a common phenomenon in the early phase of brain injury (BI). The management of blood glucose levels after BI, however, is subject of a growing debate. The occurrence of elevated blood glucose concentrations is linked to increased mortality and worse neurologic outcomes indicating the necessity for therapeutic glucose-lowering. Intensive glucose-lowering therapy, on the other hand, inevitably results in an increased rate of hypoglycemic episodes with detrimental effects on the injured brain. In this review, we give an overview on the current knowledge about causes and pathophysiological consequences of dysglycemia in patients with BI and offer some suggestions for clinical glucose management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-209
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 06.12.2014

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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