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Managing children with raised intracranial pressure: brain tumours and intracranial bleeds

Author: Siba Paul, Joanne Smith, Jessica Green, Adam Smith-Collins, Ravindranath Chinthapalli

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2019 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses Language: English

Course description

This module discusses the presentations, assessment, investigations and management of children with brain tumours or intracranial bleeds who present with signs of raised intracranial pressure.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Outline the features of headaches and associated symptoms that may be associated with brain tumours
  • Describe the management of a child presenting with a brain tumour
  • Identify the range of head injuries that can cause raised intracranial pressure
  • Discuss the signs and symptoms of haemorrhagic stroke in children
  • Describe the management of a child presenting with haemorrhagic stroke


  • Introduction
  • Brain tumours
  • Clinical presentation
  • Intracranial bleeds
  • Conclusions


Siba Paul
Specialty trainee year six in paediatrics, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Joanne Smith
Head of children’s nursing, Great Western Hospital, Swindon.
Jessica Green
Specialty trainee, year three in paediatrics, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.
Adam Smith-Collins
Clinical lecturer in neonatal medicine, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol, and School of Clinical Sciences, University of Bristol.
Ravindranath Chinthapalli
Consultant paediatrician, Great Western Hospital, Swindon.


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  • Introduction
  • Brain tumours
  • Clinical presentation
  • Intracranial bleeds
  • Conclusions

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