Evaluation of a revised Glasgow Coma Score scale in predicting long-term outcome of poor grade aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage patients

Robert M. Starke, Ricardo J. Komotar, Grace H. Kim, Christopher P. Kellner, Marc L. Otten, David K. Hahn, J. Michael Schmidt, Robert R. Sciacca, Stephan A. Mayer, E. Sander Connolly

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Although many scales attempt to predict outcome following aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (aSAH), none have achieved universal acceptance, and most scales in common use are not statistically derived. We propose a statistically validated scale for poor grade aSAH patients that combines the Hunt and Hess grades and the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores; we refer to this as the Poor Grade GCS (PGS). The GCS scores of 160 poor grade aSAH patients (Hunt and Hess Grades 4 and 5) were recorded throughout their hospital stay. Outcomes were assessed by the modified Rankin scale (mRS). Analysis of variance and the Chi-square test were used to guide an analysis of GCS breakpoints according to outcomes. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to assess the ability of the Hunt and Hess, GCS, World Federation of Neurological Surgeons Grading Scale, and the PGS to predict long-term outcome. Outcome analysis revealed significant breakpoints in admission GCS scores: PGS-A (GCS 10-12); PGS-B (GCS 8-9); PGS-C (GCS 5-7); PGS-D (GCS 3-4) (p < 0.001). In surgical patients, 95.2% of PGS-A, 58.1% of PGS-B, 35.4% of PGS-C, and 28.6% of PGS-D had a favorable one-year outcome. When controlling for age, sex, and operation status, PGS was the only scale predictive of long-term outcome. The odds ratios (OR) for unfavorable outcome according to PGS admission scores (with PGS-A as the reference) were: PGS-B, OR = 14.2 (95% CI 1.5-140.5); PGS-C, OR = 38.5 (95% CI 4.2-340.0); and PGS-D, OR = 63.4 (95% CI 5.6-707.1). In addition to PGS admission scores, an age of 70 or greater was a significant predictor of poor outcome with an OR of 7.5 (95% CI 1.8-30.7). No patients with a PGS-C or PGS-D over the age of 70 had a favorable long-term outcome. Therefore, elements of the Hunt and Hess and GCS can be combined into the PGS to predict long-term outcome in poor grade aSAH patients. However, patients with PGS-C and PGS-D over the age of 70 should be assessed carefully prior to definitive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-899
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Glasgow Coma Scale
  • Hunt and Hess
  • Intracranial aneurysm
  • Outcome
  • Poor grade
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage


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