The medical records of all children in whom packing was used to control severe intracranial hemorrhage were reviewed. Eight children, with ages ranging from newborn to 4 years, met the inclusion criteria and all survived. Five were victims of severe closed head trauma, 2 had received penetrating cranial injuries, and 1 developed severe bleeding while undergoing surgery for a malignant tumor in the posterior fossa. Blood loss at the time of removal of the packing was minimal in 7 patients and was surgically controllable in the other. Packing is a simple, efficient, and safe maneuver which can very often halt intracranial bleeding that is considered to be otherwise uncontrollable, and can thereby limit the consequences of prolonged or repeated periods of hypotension and possible exsanguination.

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