A 35-year-old member asked:
is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Jason Adler answered
23 years experience Pediatric Critical Care
Yes: A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that typically results from a blow to the head, and may or may not result in the loss of consciousness. A coma, on the other hand, is a state of unconsciousness in which people do not interact with the environment. The causes and outcomes of coma vary.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Joel Cooperman answered
45 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes: People in a coma are non responsive to most stimuli. They may appear to be asleep. Those with a concussion can be responsive, conversant but unaware of specifics as to time, place or person. They may have visual distortions, lapses in memory, or disorientation, to name a few of the possible symptoms.
Answered on Aug 14, 2012
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