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Can you go into coma after a seizure? Is there a term for that?

Can you go into coma after a seizure? Is there a term for that?

Rare, but yes: If convulsive seizures go unbroken (called "status epilepticus") they can cause brain damage and even lead to coma and death. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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Can medical induced coma cause seizures?

?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read more

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I'm online now. Type your question here. Expecting phenobarb coma tomorrow for partial seizure status. What can we expect in recovery from coma?

I'm online now. Type your question here. Expecting phenobarb coma tomorrow for partial seizure status. What can we expect in recovery from coma?

COMA: What was the cause of the COMA? The reason for the COMA determines the recovery. For example a heroine addict can be in a COMA from overdose, but be back to normal mentation in minutes with narcan. However if someone had head injury or some infection causing COMA recovery can be awhile. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Depends...: If intracranial bleed....depends on the size and location. If anoxia...leading to coma.......it is more morbid disease. Hope and pray. ...Read more

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Help! Taking 1mg of ativan (lorazepam) x 3 a day 4 7months. I'm very worried about tapering and the seizures and coma I've heard about. How can I safely do this?

Gentle withdrawal: Slowly reduce by one half pill per day per week - 1 - 1/2 - 1 then 1/2 - 1/2 - 1 then 1/2 - 1/2 - 1/2 then 1/2 - 0 - 1/2 then 0 - 0 - 1/2 then none; this will allow adjustment without withdrawal reaction. ...Read more

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What if I were to let my blood sugar run high, would I have a seizure or go straight into a coma?

What if I were to let my blood sugar run high, would I have a seizure or go straight into a coma?

Maybe: Birth control pills and spironolactone are medications that may help lighten or decrease facial hair. The goal would be to have the hair go away completely but that doesn't always happen. Hair grows in cycles, so it may take several months to see real improvement. These medications do have side effects that you should discuss with your physician before starting them. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if I were to let my blood sugar run high, would I have a seizure or go straight into a coma?

You would just: Develop symptoms of frequent urination, thirst, visual blurring, etc. It takes a very high sugar to cause a coma. Seizures are less common. I don't recommend doing it just to see what happens. Its' better to stay healthy and keep your sugar normal. Do you need to see a psychiatrist? ...Read more

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After a cardiac arrest an induced coma ang getting seizures that would not stop why is that?

Brain injury: With the cardiac arrest and even with immediate CPR and defibrillation, hypoxia brain injury can occur so the induced coma is to, try to reduce he damage and allow recovery.
But sometimes the brain activity will cause seizures
status epilepticus - persistent unresponsive to meds sometimes. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Not reliably: If the seizure is for sure due to alcohol withdrawal, this may be possible -- but the amount needed may kill the person first. I'm sure you've heard of death from alcohol poisoning. There are many other possible causes for seizures, and alcohol-induced coma is not the way to treat those either. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma terminate a grand mal seizure just like an induced coma with propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma terminate a grand mal seizure just like an induced coma with propofol?

Possibly: It may stop a seizure related to dt's caused by alcohol withdrawal in dependent individuals, hypothetically. It is a very poor choice to treat a seizure for which benzodiazepines or barbiturates are the drugs of choice. ...Read more

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Mother, 80 BMI 18.4 cr 5.3 had a seizure, started dialysis and later had coma; now on 3-a week hd, eating well, but high depression. Can hd decrease?

Mother, 80 BMI 18.4 cr 5.3 had a seizure, started dialysis and later had coma; now on 3-a week hd, eating well, but high depression. Can hd decrease?

Check with nephro: It really depends on the reason your mother suffers from kidney failure and the degree of damage her kidneys sustained. Please discuss with her nephrologist for the best answer. The doctor will be able to tell you if hemodialysis is projected long-term. ...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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No medical hist. Developed respiratory prob. Viral infect. With headache&vomiting, left facio-brachial seizures that became continuous, evolving into refractory status epilepticus, with bilateralization. Tests are fine. Now in coma and no diagnostic?

No medical hist. Developed respiratory prob. Viral infect. With headache&vomiting, left facio-brachial seizures that became continuous, evolving into refractory status epilepticus, with bilateralization. Tests are fine. Now in coma and no diagnostic?

Seizures: This sounds like meningitis and encephalitis from an infection. Sometimes there are clues in the complete blood count. Bacterial infections typically show a predominance of neutrophils (also called granulocytes), while viral infections often show a predominance of monocytes or other lymphocytes. Also, if intubated then probably there are sedative medications changing mental status as well. ...Read more

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(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

Absolutely NO!!: I hope this is not something you were thinking of trying on your own to someone you know who has a problem with seizures-- don't ever try to administer alcohol to someone who is having a true seizure--if someone is having a seizure, call 911 and let professionals treat them. ...Read more

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My dad is 60 years old he had 5 strokes so far and two days ago he had a seizure. What should we do for him? The E.R. did not give him any medication.

My dad is 60 years old he had 5 strokes so far and two days ago he had a seizure. What should we do for him? The E.R. did not give him any medication.

Should treat this: Although seizures are not normally dangerous- these are things to consider:
1. He should not drive (a seizure makes that dangerous)
2. He should use medication to prevent seizures, since he may have another one
3. stroke risk factors should be addressed

A commonly used medicine for this scenario is levetiracetam (keppra) ...Read more

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What can cause a coma?

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

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What sort of disease is a coma?

What sort of disease is a coma?

Multifactorial: Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness. It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic. Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause. ...Read more

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How do people in comas survive?

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. ...Read more

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How can people die when in comas?

Please clarify: Are you asking, "When people in comas die, what do they die of? " Or do you mean, "I don't understand why people in comas die instead of everyone getting better, waking up, shaking their doctor's hand, waving to the nurses, and going home."? Please repost your question so that it can be understood. ...Read more

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How does someone come out of a coma?

How does someone come out of a coma?

Coma: People emerge from coma in varied fashions and to different extents. For example, people who are in medically-induced comas may emerge from this as medication is allowed to wear off. Alternatively, a person in a coma from a disease state may emerge from coma as the disease state improves. This can be rapid (hours to days) or slow (weeks or months). Some people fully recover. Others may not. ...Read more

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What would be the easiest way to get into a coma?

What would be the easiest way to get into a coma?

Why?: Why are you asking such a question? It is a bit concerning to be asked that of a patient. ...Read more

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What kind of experience is it to come out of a coma?

Depends: Hard to say if it's not you coming out of it. Coma is a state of asleep-like unresponsiveness. Recovery depends on cause, duration & severity of coma. Outcome can range from normal (just like waking up) to a permanent vegetative state i.e. awake-like unresponsiveness & lack of awareness of environment. Some things e.g. stroke in certain areas of the pons can cause irreversible coma. ...Read more

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What happens when someone wakes up from being in a coma?

It's good: First off, if one "wakes" up from coma, it is a good sign. It's hard to tell what one feels when it happens but I would say it depends on the cause of the coma. Some may feel generally weak, but have all their senses back to normal, while others may have some physical and mental deficits that may either stay for a while or become permanent. ...Read more

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What would happen if I am in coma without power of attorney?

Depends on state: There are different laws in each state. If you do not have a power of attorney or a living will which expresses your wishes should you be unable to answer yourself, usually the medical caregivers will look to your next of kin to make decisions for you. ...Read more

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What happens after a person wakes up from a coma? What causes this?

What happens after a person wakes up from a coma? What causes this?

See: Http://www. Webmd. Com/brain/coma-types-causes-treatments-prognosis? Page=2

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Is there any documented evidence of signs that would signify coma recovery?

Ventilator: Overbreathing the set rate on the ventilator is a sign as is the presence of certain reflexes. ...Read more

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Are you aware of things happening when you're in a coma? Does it depend on the person?

Unaware: Coma is a state of unconscious unawareness.
If a person is aware or in anyway responsive, they are not in coma but may be in a minimally responsive state or vegetative state. ...Read more

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Ms coma? Please explain....

Ms coma? Please explain....

Multiple sclerosis: Ms affects the brain and spinal cord. Early symptoms include weakness, tingling, numbness, and blurred vision. Others are muscle stiffness, thinking problems, and urinary problems. The diagnosis is made by history of symptoms and neurological exam, often with an mri, spinal tap and other tests. Coma is a condition in which conscious cognitive function has ceased and can be caused by ms. ...Read more

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Do men in comas have erections?

Yes they can: The neural control for this function is from a different part of the nervous system than the cerebral cortex or "thinking" part of the brain. ...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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Are there various stages of coma?

Are there various stages of coma?

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. ...Read more

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Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Horrible: During childbirth several horrible things can occur to the mother and to the child. Unclear from the question to whom you are referring. Coma of the mother can be caused by intracranial hemorrhage, anoxic damage, severe eclampsia, pituitary apoplexy, etc. In the baby it can be caused by hie (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Recovery depends on cause and degree of damage. ...Read more

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What is a hyperosmolar nonketotic coma?

Endocrine emergencie: Honk or hyperosmolar nonketotic coma is when glucose levels rise above 4-500 and other electrolytes become grossly abnormal. This results in water loss and a very high concentration of solutes in the blood. (hyperosmolar component). The elevated glucose levels do not cause the production of ketones as happens in DKA and that is the non-ketotic component. This is a medical emergency. ...Read more

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How does a person die from a sugar coma?

Multiple ways: Two variations, low blood sugar, and hyperosmolar comas including ketoacidosis. Multiple metabolic derangements affecting cardiac and brain functions, but also kidney and other internal organ issues. A superimposed infection could also be the culprit. ...Read more

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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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How is being in a coma different from being under anesthetia?

How is being in a coma different from being under anesthetia?

See below: In some ways an anesthetic is a chemically controlled coma. However, in a coma we cannot reliable predict if and when the patient will wake. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction (s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more


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Coma (Definition)

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