Gastrointestinal failure score in children with traumatic brain injury.

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To review the value of the gastrointestinal failure (GIF) score in children with different degrees of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by analyzing the correlation between outcome and gastrointestinal function.A total of 165 children with TBI who were diagnosed and treated in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) for longer than 72 h between August 2017 and September 2019 were analyzed. Admission parameters included sex, age, Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score, body mass index (BMI), leukocyte count, C-reactive protein (CRP), hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct), blood glucose, lactic acid, procalcitonin (PCT), albumin, plasma osmotic pressure, prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT). To predict outcomes, the Pediatric Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score, Pediatric Clinical Illness Score (PCIS), and mean GIF score for the first three days were combined.The percentage of patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction on the first day was 78.8 %. Food intolerance (FI) and intra-abdominal hypertension (IAH) developed in 36.4 and 21.8 % of the patients, respectively. The GIF score and mean GIF score for the first three days were significantly different between children with different degrees of TBI (P  1, 95 % confidence interval = 1.457 to 16.016, P 

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Authors: Ying Zhou, Weifeng Lu, Weibing Tang