A 40-year-old member asked:
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what's the difference between being in a vegetable state and being in a coma?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
23 years experience Family Medicine
Nothing: Those are two common terms for the same thing.
Answered on Feb 19, 2013
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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
22 years experience Neurology
Many: Coma means no purposeful response to pain. Veg. State means your higher brain functions are impaired, pt. Could be conscious.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015

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