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Coma After Seizure
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
?????: 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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma terminate a grand mal seizure just like an induced coma with propofol?
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?
Freaking out! ER doc gave me 100mg tramadol and I read side effects. Would this cause bad effects like cardiac arrest/coma/seizure from that dose?
They must list every possible even when rare!
rare even with large doses over long time. ...Read more
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?
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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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Ventilator: Overbreathing the set rate on the ventilator is a sign as is the presence of certain reflexes. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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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