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how do people in comas survive?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Survival in coma: After a relatively short time patients move from coma into a persistent vegetative state. A person can live for many years in a persistent vegetative state.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long can a person be in a coma before they cannot recover?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Unknown.: All depends on what caused coma and type, extent of brain injury.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Are there various stages of coma?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Stupor and coma: Classical stages include lethargy, stupor, semi-coma and full coma. All of this is based on the area of the brain which is mostly affected, and the findings on exam correlating with the extent of the problem. The physician can adjust therapy, provide a prognosis, and make decisions based on clinical exam findings. Coma can be chronic, over weeks or months, or brief, such as a concussion.
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What can happen when you come out of a coma?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Variable outcome: Depending on the cause of coma and the damage to brain, outcome could be normal to chronic coma.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can a patient in coma hear?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Maybe: Depends on why they are in the coma as to whether or not their hearing nerve pathways might be working. Your doctors may or may not be able to tell you. Certainly, it can't hurt to talk to a friend or loved one in a coma. Best wishes.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Do people dream iwhile they are in a coma?

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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Hard to say: We really don't know what a person does in a coma and most people don't remember what happens so my answer is...Possibly.

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