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Talk and Die Syndrome: A Narrative Review

Ariana A Chacón-Aponte, Érika A Durán-Vargas, Jaime A Arévalo-Carrillo, Ved P Maurya, Rakesh Mishra, Mohammed M Al-Salihi, Moshiur Rahman

Keywords : Brain concussion, Brain contusion, Talk and die syndrome, Traumatic brain injuries

Citation Information : Chacón-Aponte AA, Durán-Vargas ÉA, Arévalo-Carrillo JA, Maurya VP, Mishra R, Al-Salihi MM, Rahman M. Talk and Die Syndrome: A Narrative Review. Panam J Trauma Crit Care Emerg Surg 2021; 10 (2):78-81.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10030-1322

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 27-08-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s)


The level of consciousness following head trauma generally correlates with the overall prognosis of an individual. It is a consensus that following a head injury, patients able to talk (Glasgow coma scale verbal of 3 or 4) perform well over time. However, there is a subset of patients who suddenly deteriorates and succumb despite talking after trauma. Such an event was labeled as “talk and die”. This review aims to summarize the published literature on talk and die syndrome, considering the relevance of this condition, especially in Latin America and the Caribbean, where there are high rates of traumatic brain injury.

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