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If your on life support due 2 caerdic arrest & the brain stem is fine just the other part of brain is dead . can your brain recover & u survive . :(?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

Talk to care team: People in a persistent vegetative state usually only need a feeding tube to live for years yet very few recover. If life support is needed, recovery chances are nearly null but do talk to the care team. This may be a time to plan organ donations, gather family and loved ones - to make peace w/ the situation. Grief Counselors and clergy can often help. My condolences to you all at this time of life

Answered 12/7/2014

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Dr. Mark Fisher answered

Specializes in Neurology

Sorry but no.: Dead means dead. Consciousness has 2 parts: Arousal (brainstem function) & alertness (cortical function). No arousal = coma (asleep-like unresponsiveness). Alertness w/o arousal = impossible. Arousal w/o alertness = vegetative state i.e. awake-like unresponsiveness. >1 month = PERSISTENT vegetative state. A dead brain is just as dead as a dead person. That person is gone. My sympathies.

Answered 5/22/2016

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Dr. Eric Weisman answered

Specializes in Neurology

Anoxic injury: to the cerebral hemispheres can result in so much brain swelling that the brain stem is damaged due to compression. This typically occurs 72 hours after the episode of ischemia and results in death. If one survives the consequences of cerebral edema, the resultant deficits depend on the degree of injury and recovery. No two cases are alike. Recovery can be a slow process and incomplete.

Answered 5/23/2016

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