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ketamine coma helps to "reset the nervous system". is there ways to do this without ketamine?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Animals only: Ketamine causes major psychological reaction when the patient tries to wake up. We try not to use it in people anymore. It is good with animals who do not react the same way. The brain resets itself if given time and good support. Medication for "coma" is used to keep the patient stable during the recovery process.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Can hyperglycemia cause a diabetic coma?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: If the hyperglycemia is high enough it can lead to diabetic coma. We call this hyperosmolar hyperglycemia coma or syndrome. Diabetes ketoacidosis coma is another form of diabetic coma but this one is caused by not having Insulin rather than the extreme hyperglycemia (which is just a sign for this coma).
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A 32-year-old member asked:

Does rocky mountain spotted fever cause a coma?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes: Rocky mountain spotted fever is a bacterial infection that causes damage throughout the body, including the central nervous system (brain and nerves). If untreated, it can lead to symptoms of nerve damage, brain damage, and sometimes coma and death.
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Why would coma induction be used as a treatment for refractory status epilepticus?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
For brain protection: It is thought that repetitive seizures if not controlled can themselves injure the brain. If the seizures are hard to control it is necessary to give drugs which deeply sedate the patient in order to stop the seizures.
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What kind of physical therapy would a person thats been in a coma get?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Depends: Id pt. Is in bed, all muscle, groups are moved and stimulated to prevent atrophy and prevent clots. If pt. Is not intubated and cannot talk well, needs speech therapy. If there is any particular paralysis of arm, leg or face so treatment goes there to stimulate muscles. Pt will try to move the pt. So he/she can stand up & walk o the bathroom and act as independently as possible.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Can a 2 year old develop a diabetic coma?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Yes: Diabetic coma can occur in any diabetics, any age.

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