Long-lasting coma

Bagnato, Sergio and Boccagni, Cristina and Sant’Angelo, Antonino and Fingelkurts, Alexander A. and Fingelkurts, Andrew A. and Gagliardo, Cesare and Galardi, Giuseppe (2014) Long-lasting coma. Functional Neurology, 29 (3). pp. 201-205. ISSN 1971-3274

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In this report, we describe the case of a patient who has remained in a comatose state for more than one year after a traumatic and hypoxic brain injury. This state, which we refer to as long-lasting coma (LLC), may be a disorder of consciousness with significantly different features from those of conventional coma, the vegetative state, or brain death. On the basis of clinical, neurophysiological and neuroimaging data, we hypothesize that a multilevel involvement of the ascending reticular activating system is required in LLC. This description may be useful for the identification of other patients suffering from this severe disorder of consciousness, which raises important ethical issues.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ascending reticular activating system (ARAS), coma diagnosis, coma pathophysiology, coma prognosis, disorders of consciousness, vegetative state
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici)
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 15:43
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 15:43
URI: http://eprints.bice.rm.cnr.it/id/eprint/11173

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