The paper, entitled ‘A Literature Review of Decompressive Craniectomy for Paediatric Patients in Low-and-Middle Income Countries’, was supervised by Professor Kokila Lakhoo and Mr Noel Peter from the Oxford University Global Surgery Group.
In this review, Ryan analysed the strength of evidence for the use of decompressive craniectomy (DC) in paediatric patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). DC represents an important second line therapy in patients with high intracranial pressure (ICP), which is the most frequent cause of death and disability after severe TBI. Ryan analysed the effect of this procedure in a comparison between two settings: high-income countries and low-middle-income countries.
For this work, Ryan received a merit from Oxford Medical School and has now been accepted by the peer-reviewed journal World Neurosurgery for publication of his work.