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Chances Of Recovering From A Coma
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
Would someone in an induced coma recovering from severe sepsis with no brain damage & are able to breath without assistant of machinery be on the mend?
Sounds like it: The object of medically induced 'coma' is to lessen the stress of treatment for severe sepsis. 'Bringing the patient back' from this experience requires trained and very attentive professionals, and it sounds like that is happening. So with recovery of brain, lung, and presumably heart and GI function, likely to be 'on the mend'. ...Read more
Depends...: In general, surviving coma depends on the reason for the coma and whether the etiology of the coma is reversible or not. The longer the person is comatose, the less likely they will awaken. These are generalities, however, so ask your doctor about the specific case to find out the chance of survival of the individual patient as each case is different. ...Read more
Yes: A coma occurs when the brain is injured. Recovery depends on whether the injury can be reversed. I have seen people in comas from a brain infection completely recover when the infection was treated. On the other hand, a person in a coma from a head injury may recover partially, or not at all. The longer the coma, the lower the chance for recovery. Ask a doctor the reason for the coma. ...Read more
Coma: This is a tough one - as it really depends on what the inciting event was. Even with this information people have been known to suddenly wake up. ...Read more
My fiance had an accident that caused to be in a coma he fliped his car once weight from the car was on his back chances he will suvive?
Impossible: I am very sorry for your tragedy. But, you are asking strangers on the internet questions that only those caring for him can answer. We have no ability to even speculate on your fiancé's health. ...Read more
Coma time: No great work has been done. The amount of time is less important than the brain that is left to recover. ...Read more
Asthma: In order for asthma to cause coma, it had to be a severe attack which involved low oxygen levels in the blood for a period of time. Survival is not usually the concern if the person made it to the hospital on time to be resuscitated. The bigger question often is what degree of function will remain when and if they arouse from this comatose state if the coma is not being artificially created. ...Read more
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
That is an unusual concern. Did you lose a family member from something like this?
Do you have diabetes and, if so how well controlled is your blood sugar?
Long term uncontrolled diabetes can lead to coma - not often - so you must learn how best to control your blood sugar. ...Read more
My dad 61yrs short tempeted shouts a lot but successful bussinessman had low sodium 2yrsback was admittd was in coma fr 24hrs recoverd nowccan do his w?
16, suffered an epileptic seizure, and had to be resuscitated yesterday, was in ICU and unconscious, now in a coma, what is the chances of survival?
If a person was put in a medically induced coma what are the chances of them getting out after they had a double bypass surgery?
Not enough data: The information submitted is too limited to make an informed response. Double coronary bypass? A common procedure that does not require a "medically induced coma". Why the coma? What was the pre-treatment status of the patient? The public site is not a chat room, so your submissions are not linked. You may want to try HT Prime and contact a bypass surgeon. ...Read more
My boyfriend's mom had an internal hemorrhage. She is now in coma. Are there any chances that she'll survive?
Depends: The diagnosis is not clear Recovery in coma cases is related to a host of different factors. Age, complicating factors, result of general and neurological evaluations, depth of coma, spontaneous movement, respiratory situation etc Without knowing many of these factors there is no good answer ...Read more
Coming out of coma with very brief muscle spasms (posturing?) but has gcs of 8/9. Does this mean better chance of recovery?
My dad 61yrs shory temperd successful bussiness man had low sodium back 2yrs was in coma also fr 24hrs now recovered but talks less?
You question is?: You have not asked a question. If you believe that has been loss of function, have a neurologist evaluate your father. ...Read more
It varies: There are many factors that need to be considered such as the age of the patient, the amount of blood from the aneurysm, the location of the aneurysm, how quick and aggressive was the up front treatment. Other factors that may contribute to the coma-like state need to be treated such as seizures or hydrocephalus. ...Read more
LungCA&coma: Assuming the coma is due to the lung cancer? ...He would have a slim chance of coming out of it. If the coma is due to pneumonia/infection or some other medical condition he might have a chance of coming around. Either way this sounds very serious and good communication with the team of doctors caring for him is essential. Hard decision maybe in his family's future&more informed the better. ...Read more
In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing? Age 73 person is in coma blood desolving
Pressure effects: Bleeding into the brain produces severe pressure effects that can damage the brainstem. The blood itself can dissolve and go away, but the brain damage remains. Some recovery may occur, independent of what happens to the blood. Recovery from coma may be very slow and hard to predict. The primary doctor should be able to help you understand the prognosis. ...Read more
Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival? Any possible impairment?
Not good: Sorry about this one, but there will be a suboptimal outcome at best. Survival may be issue, talk to your doctors, and perhaps an eeg can guide decisions, but hard to predict outcome of comas. Sounds like a profound traumatic event, and since young and severe, have a family conference with the treatment team, and get all your questions answered. ...Read more
brother stem cell injury 5.5 years ago, after out of coma, he is till now able to speak unclear, remember people, half paralyze, will he recover anytim?
Please repost: Sorry: What is a stem cell injury? In reposting your question you may want to obtain assistance from someone whose native language is English. ...Read more
My wife has been in a diabetic coma for 4 days from hyperglycemia what are her chances for brain injury?
To me, a diabetic coma indicates a very high blood sugar level. If that is the case the blood sugar level must be gradually reduced.
That said, I am quite concerned that improved control of blood sugar is OK but the possibility of brain injury must be carefully evaluated.
Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
My friend was in France and was hit by a lorry and is in a coma. The doctors have noticed a blood clot in his brain, I am just wondering what the chance of his survival is and if he will be brain damaged.
I'm so sorry:
That is very sad. His survival chances and long term outcome depends on where the blood clot is, how much of his brain is effected, which part of the brain, and many other factors.
It is important that he is in a hospital that routinely tKe care of patients with head trauma and have neurosurgeons on staff taking care of him.
I so hope he improves ...Read more
Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?
Hard to say: The pre-illness health, speed of recognition and early care all play into this status. The physicians at the bedside have a better access to the information needed to answer this question. ...Read more
Coma: Think of the brain as having a wake and sleep center. When something bad happens to the wake center of the brain, it can no longer do its job to keep the brain awake in the spectrum of maintaining cousiousess. This can be from an anatomic/structural and/or physiological problem. Some of these are reversible and some are unfortunately not. ...Read more
Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more
Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read more