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Anyone know about how hard you have to hit your head before going into a coma?

Anyone know about how hard you have to hit your head before going into a coma?

Unpredictable: There are too many variables involved in brain injury and trauma to determine a specific amount of force necessary to predictably cause a severe brain injury that would result in coma, without it causing death. What ever prompted the question, don't do it. ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more


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How hard do I have to bang my head to fall into a coma?

Hard to answer: I cannot tell you an absolute degree of injury needed to cause coma. If you are investigating this in consideration of doing harm to yourself or others, please contact your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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53 year old man fell off bicycle and hit his head. He has been in a coma for 3 days now. Has not woken up. Chances of survival?

53 year old man fell off bicycle and hit his head. He has been in a coma for 3 days now. Has not woken up. Chances of survival?

Depends on care: Survival is very much dependent on the care he receives and the reason for his comatose state. If he sustained a serious bleed in the brain then that will need to be surgically drained. If his comatose state is due to swelling of the brain then measures to reduce swelling will hasten his recovery. Bicycle falls in the absence of an impact say from a motor vehicle are not likely to be fatal. ...Read more

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Can headaches & pains n the head cause a coma if I've been tested a month ago & everything was fine is this what causes a coma?

Can headaches & pains n the head cause a coma if I've been tested a month ago & everything was fine is this what causes a coma?

Probably no risk: Coma occurs with specific insults to the brain diffusely or focal problems in the brainstem. Common headaches such as migraine or tension events would not cause coma, unless signs of severe underlying problems. ...Read more

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What is an induced coma, and is it safe the recipient would be a20 year old male with head trauma

Medication induced: An induced coma is where doctors administer medications to dull the senses and alleviate pain. This is safe and in fact commonly done for patients with head trauma. ...Read more

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If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

Depends on cause: Following head injury there can be seizures, brain swelling, severe agitation, broken bones, etc. Some patients are put into coma in order to allow healing of body parts, some for control of seizures, some for control of brain swelling, and some to assist nursing management. Monitoring of brain pressure and eeg may indicate the coma can be reversed, or healing of body parts may take longer. ...Read more

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How does a coma from head trauma and the head trauma itself damage the brain?

How does a coma from head trauma and the head trauma itself damage the brain?

Coma is a symptom: Head trauma is not brain trauma, both can co-exist. Coma is a symptom secondary to brain trauma, not to simple head trauma. Brain trauma sets up an incredibly complex train of chemical reactions, some of which begin immediately and others may begin years later. ...Read more

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Following lying in a coma cause of a head injury does the patient keep his feelings for his lover is he the same, what to do?

Following lying in a coma cause of a head injury does the patient keep his feelings for his lover is he the same, what to do?

Complicated: You are a new person in a sence. It takes time. Sometimes people need help with that sort of thing. ...Read more

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Can the nervous system problems cause a coma like nerve problems! I get these pains n my head & I'm worried cuz I get a burning senation & tingle 2?

Can the nervous system problems cause a coma like nerve problems! I get these pains n my head & I'm worried cuz I get a burning senation & tingle 2?

Common vs less commo: You can be having atypical migraines, which are common. Everything else is downhill. If concerned see your pcp or schedule an appointment with a neurologist! ...Read more

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My father was attacked and beaten on the head with a shavel which led to him being in a coma for 2 and half months now he has huge memory loss.?

My father was attacked and beaten on the head with a shavel which led to him being in a coma for 2 and half months now he has huge memory loss.?

Sorry to hear this: I'm sorry to hear that this happened to your father. I hope your father will regain his memory or be able to carry on and make new memories. I also hope that you'll get the support you need in dealing with this difficult situation. When a patient has been in a coma for an extended period of time there are often memory problems and cognitive difficulties that can be helped through rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Head injury in 2004 coma a month headaches and getting worse lossing memory again a forgot my french language and cant remember what I book I opend?

Head injury in 2004 coma a month headaches and getting worse lossing memory again a forgot my french language and cant remember what I book I opend?

Re-evaluate: Recurrence of symptoms and deterioration 12 yrs after the head injury, has little if any relationship to the prior event and must be fully evaluated as several problems could be emerging. Since you had prior problems, minor issues could impact you more severely, and perhaps simple intervention could reverse. Tell your doctor. ...Read more

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Can pressure from a bad headche or shooting pains in your head cause coma? I get lots of headches don't think they r miagranes my doc wants me on topa

Unlikely: The. Headache and shooting pains you describe could be migraines, muscle / nerve ha or some thing more. Topamax (topiramate) can help. You may need to see a neurologist or get an mri. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about person in coma after head injury regained consciousness after under going hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

Can you tell me about person in coma after head injury regained consciousness after under going hyperbaric oxygen therapy?

When I was a diving: Medical officer, myself ; the master diver did two simultaneous treatment table sevens (in two side by side multiplace chambers on the uss kittiwake asr -13). Both men (divers) came in in full arrest - one by helo and one by water. One diver (who had drown) did not make it - the other diver returned to consciousness. I met him again years later ; he appeared to have resolution of his initial. ...Read more

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When a adolescent head injury victim wakes up from a coma what is the first course of action the doctor will take? How is the situation handled?

When a adolescent head injury victim wakes up from a coma what is the first course of action the doctor will take? How is the situation handled?

No one thing: There is not one "first thing" a doctor would do since decisions are related to the specific illness or injury causing the coma & associated problems. In general as someone improves from critical illness, physicians will began to withdraw therapies no longer needed such as a ventilator, or an intracranial pressure monitor, continue to treat ongoing problems like infection, start rehab and monitor. ...Read more

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When my mum was in the end stages of cancer she was in a coma like state and making grunting noses. It's stuck in my head. What caused her to do this?

Altered breathing: What you are describing is most likely altered breathing patterns that commonly occur with the progression to coma and then death. Also, pooling of secretions can be a cause. ...Read more

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9yo boy fell off a 50ft cliff yesterday. Sustained head, chest & leg injuries plus more. Is in a coma and unable to wake. Chances of fully recovering?

9yo boy fell off a 50ft cliff yesterday. Sustained head, chest & leg injuries plus more. Is in a coma and unable to wake. Chances of fully recovering?

Unknown: The only people that can give you a reliable answer are those with full access to the exam and findings involved. This does sound worrisome, but kids do have more recuperative potential than adults in the same setting. ...Read more

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My son as been in a induced coma due to a head injury he has his eyes open moving his eyes around but can't focus or speak how long before he wakes?

My son as been in a induced coma due to a head injury he has his eyes open moving his eyes around but can't focus or speak how long before he wakes?

Ask his doctors: It is just not possible for someone who doesn't know the intimate details of the injury and his response to treatment to answer this question.
Guidelines exist to provide prognostic information in traumatic head injuries and his doctors can use such tools to give you some idea of what to expect and what hopes are reasonable. Young people often do remarkably well but each case is unique. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get over a brain injury and 2 brain surgeries? The father of my child was struck in the head and had to have two brain surgeries and I wanted to know how long before they take him out of the medical induced coma and how lo

How long does it usually take to get over a brain injury and 2 brain surgeries? The father of my child was struck in the head and had to have two brain surgeries and I wanted to know how long before they take him out of the medical induced coma and how lo

Talk to MD: This is often a case where they will be following the scans of the brain before they make a decision. The best course is to get a frank and open discussion between the family and the doctors. If you have questions you need to seek answers. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do nurses shave womens facial hair when they are in a coma?

Nursing: Nurses do different things with different patients. Shaving a woman's facial hair is usually not on that list of things to do. Bathing changing bed sheets and such have higher priority for seriously ill patients that are in comas. ...Read more

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My dad woke up from a coma a few days ago and alot of his mind is disorientated! Is this natural? Will his memory come back completely?

My dad woke up from a coma a few days ago and alot of his mind is disorientated! Is this natural? Will his memory come back completely?

Not while in coma: His immediate pre coma period events will likely be lost. Nothing that happened during the coma will not have been recorded into memory. Distant memories will return but may be confused for a period of time. ...Read more

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Patient in coma or unconscious. Eye lids opened after severals days being closed, but eyeballs staring upwards. What could this mean?

Patient in coma or unconscious. Eye lids opened after severals days being closed, but eyeballs staring upwards. What could this mean?

Please clarify: Is this "patient" at home in bed or on the sofa? Or in a hospital? If in a hospital, is pt in ICU intubated etc or just in a regular hospital room with peopke sitting around watching? How did the pt get this way? (It matters.) Assuming pt is in a hospital being taken care of by doctors, please state what the doctors' answer was to your question; or if you have not asked them, please state why not. ...Read more

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I had eclampsia 15 ys ago I went blind had 5 tias seizures in a coma on a vent latley I've been having vision problems is it possible to loose my eye sight from all this?

I had eclampsia 15 ys ago I went blind had 5 tias seizures in a coma on a vent latley I've been having vision problems is it possible to loose my eye sight from all this?

Eclampsia: It depends. If your vision returned to normal 15 years ago, then your current eye problems are not necessarily related to the previous eye problems. Call your ophthalmologist if your symptoms persist more than an hour. ...Read more

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Is coughing, moving fingers, raising hand a little when pinched and slight movement of eye lids a good sign for someone in coma?

Is coughing, moving fingers, raising hand a little when pinched and slight movement of eye lids a good sign for someone in coma?

Better than nothing: Coma can be considered as reversible if some responses are noted. These responses may be from deep structures and not from true conscious centers. However, they can be considered as signs that the coma is reversible. Degree of recovery may still be uncertain, and time for recovery may be uncertain. ...Read more

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Can a patient in a coma move eye lids, twitch toes/feet, and flail arms as though in protest when repositioned?

Can a patient in a coma move eye lids, twitch toes/feet, and flail arms as though in protest when repositioned?

Yes, especially-: -if not deep coma. Many will have responses 2 painful stimuli, especially if they are coming out of the coma. ...Read more

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How hard do you have to hit your head to cause epilesy?

How hard do you have to hit your head to cause epilesy?

Too hard: Epilepsy can develop when there is scarring of the brain. This can occur in many ways. Repetitive shaking of the baby brain can cause permanent devastating effects even when each single event appears minor. A single dramatic fall with skull fracture can occur without loss of consciousness, the child walks away and recovers fully. A minor blow the the side of the head may rapidly evolve to coma. ...Read more