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Can a patient in coma hear?

Can a patient in coma hear?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

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


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Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Is it a good sign if a patient in coma's blood pressure increases when you talk to them?

Difficult: BP change on talking to the comatose patient means his autonomic system is responding to some stimuli not necessarily speaking. I am not aware of study that has answered to this parameter for prognosis. ...Read more

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Can a person in a coma hear you?

Can a person in a coma hear you?

Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and I was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more than anyone imagined! Believe me, I could write a soap opera. Always assume that someone in a coma can hear you. Talk to the person as if they can, and put your mouth close to their ear. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so! ...Read more

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Can a person in a coma hear everything?

Can a person in a coma hear everything?

It depends: There are many forms of coma. With light coma the patient can be aware and remember everything that occurs around him. In deeper forms they may be aware but do not remember. In very deep forms there is no awareness or memory. It is very difficult for even highly trained observers to judge the level of coma. No specfic test is definitive. Assume they are aware until proven otherwise. ...Read more

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Can a person in a coma hear things at all?

Can a person in a coma hear things at all?

No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear.
However during an acute or chronic vegetative state or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a person in a coma hear what others are saying nearby?

Yes they can.: We used to think not, but after interviewing those patients who have awakened from their coma state, they clearly have some but not total recall of some events. ...Read more

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Could people in comas hear or smell or feel?

Good question: In some cases, communication is possible, especially in so called akinetic mutism or locked in syndrome, but if coma is due to severe brain injury or frank brain death, doubtful that any reception of stimuli present. ...Read more

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What happens to a coma patient when somone pulls the plug?

They may die: If someone in coma is kept alive by artificial means and those means are taken away, someone would die. People in coma may still have brainstem functions left which would mean they could still breathe on their own. These people may not die if you "pull the plug". ...Read more

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Can a person hear sounds around them if they are in a coma?

Can a person hear sounds around them if they are in a coma?

No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear.
However during an acute or chronic vegetative state or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any information on reflexology helping coma patients?

It depends on what: You mean by "helping". Most doctors do not know much about reflexology and I am one of those docs, so I cannot tell you. All I can tell you is that the prognosis of a coma depends on what put the patient into a coma in the first place. I would be tempted to say that it cannot hurt, but then again, I would not know. Check with a local reflexologist or somebody with experience in eastern med. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a coma patient to start remembering things?

How long does it take for a coma patient to start remembering things?

No fixed answer: This question can only be answered on an individual basis. There are too many variables to answer here. The range is from one second (concussion) to never (permanent coma). ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person is in a coma, can they feel, smell, or hear?

Coma: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. A person in coma can not feel, smell or hear. If a person is able to experience these sensations they are in a chronic vegetative state. ...Read more

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Would a patient be conscious if they scored a 9 on the Glasgow coma scale?

Would a patient be conscious if they scored a 9 on the Glasgow coma scale?

Yes: The Glasgow scale indicates the level of responsiveness of an individual who has experienced some form of brain trauma. At a score of 9, the individual is surely responsive ...Read more

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What happens to someone in a coma and how long do comas last? How long are patients kept on life support?

Life support: People can stay on life support for as long as desired. This usually depends on the family's wishes are in rare cases it may be spelled out in a living will. A coma can last any length of time. ...Read more

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Do people in coma hear you?

No: In true coma there is no recognition of anything in the environment. Sometimes people who have been in a coma remember conversations, but many times these never occurred. Dreams and other neurologic functions can cause false memories. However, it's a good idea to always act as if the person can hear what you say. When coming out of a coma some conversations may be remembered. ...Read more

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Could someone in a coma hear?

No: If they can hear, it is not a coma. Of course, there is that whole out of body argument. Cannot comment on this. No matter what any Physician tells you, we are not smart enough to know whether or not that is true yet. ...Read more

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How do patients feel in a coma?

Nothing: Sensory input does not get processed so pt does not feel anything. ...Read more

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What diseases can cause the patient to fall into a coma?

Vast number: Of diseases. This can be caused by any neurologic insult, infectious issues, metabolic issues, etc. Coma is a very vague medical term that people don't use often in medical terminology because it does not tell us much. I am sorry I cannot be more direct with an answer, but without more history, I cannot clarify it any further. Again, the list is immense that can cause someone to fall into a coma. ...Read more

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Why aren't terminal patients in pain put into a coma to die in peace?

They sometimes to be: It depends on the patient's goals of care. Some want to remain as alert as possible and are willing to suffer to remain alert. Others do not but can be managed with pain medications yet remain alert. Others however require higher doses and the only way relief is found is when they are sleeping, in which case "sedation for refractory symptoms" is used when nothing else has worked. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's true that when someone is in a coma, they can hear things, but can't respond?

It can be true: Coma is a state where people do not respond to the environment. There are several causes of coma. It can be induced by medications, can be caused by trauma, infection as exemple of a few. Depending of the depth of the coma or the cause and where the lesion is the patient might be able to hear but not respond. ...Read more

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Can a patient be in coma for less than 6hrs (as 6hrs is minimum)? What's the diagnose that someone is in coma?

A coma is a: Prolonged state of unconsciousness, during which a person is unresponsive to his or her environment, is alive and appears to be sleeping, but, unlike being in a deep sleep, the person cannot be awakened by any stimulation, including pain. I do not think there is a minimum time frame but, according to www. Brainandspinalcord. Org, a coma can last for a few seconds, or can last for years. ...Read more

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Does Ambien (zolpidem) help coma patients regain conciousness?

Does Ambien (zolpidem) help coma patients regain conciousness?

No: Ambien (zolpidem) is for sleep. Ambien (zolpidem) is not helpful to get someone out of coma. ...Read more

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How can I differentiate the three types of diabetic coma in a patient?

Coma: Can you please expand on the three types of diabetic coma.

If she has had or still has diabetic coma surely the doctors would have told you.

Any coma is not good. ...Read more

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What happens to a coma patient when you stop the life support machine?

What happens to a coma patient when you stop the life support machine?

Depends: It really depends on whether the brains respiratory center has been damaged and the extent of the damage. Many people with coma still have spontaneous respirations and do not need life support to continue their breathing. ...Read more

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What would cause unequal pupils in a patient that has been in a medically induced coma for over a week?

What would cause unequal pupils in a patient that has been in a medically induced coma for over a week?

Depends: It is important to know if this had been true prior to the illness onset. If not present prior the possibility is high the pt has had some intracranial catastrophe such as brain bleed. The unequal pupils suggest a bleed or other intracranial event. Need to speak to the neurologist. If not under the care of neuro get a consult. ...Read more

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If patient has been unconscious for 3 days without being treated, will patient come out to the coma? She was found 3 1/2 days later....

If patient has been unconscious for 3 days without being treated, will patient come out to the coma? She was found 3 1/2 days later....

Unclear: There is no definitive answer, as there are very many mitigating factors. In and of itself, it is possible to recover from a coma. Recovery mostly depends on what caused the coma and if damage (if any detectable damage) is reversible. Speak honestly and openly with your medical team, they should do the same in answering your questions. ...Read more

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Can they use electrocardiogram on coma patients?

Can they use electrocardiogram on coma patients?

Yes: Most times in the hospital, an ecg/telemetry on a patient in a coma is done as part of routine vital sign monitoring. ...Read more

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When a coma patient wakes up what is the very first thing a doctor does? And how is the situation handled?

Individualized: Depends on the individual circumstances: age, underlying issues, other conditions, baseline functioning, family support, etc. ...Read more