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- severe hypertension with a widening pulse pressure.
- decorticate posturing and fixed pupils.
- slow, deep breathing followed by periods of apnea.
- no physical response to stimulation.
A patient with a head injury may demonstrate increased intracranial pressure and altered levels of consciousness. The symptoms of a head injury may progressively worsen during the initial period following the injury. Cushing's reflex is a late sign following a head injury; it is characterized by severe hypertension and a widening pulse pressure.
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