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Coma After Stroke
Very Unlikely: Although there has been miraculous exceptions only the medical team treating the pt could tell if there has been some clinical improvement that may lead to recovery. In general we have to accept this condition as futile. Age is important ( children have more chances to recover)and other medical conditions may complicate things. Best wishes. ...Read more
Uncertain: Of your question. Most stroke patients don't progress to coma. Many patients with coma are not suffering this issue because of stroke. Massive stroke can result in coma immediately or progressively depending on the nature/severity of the stroke (lack of blood to the brain or bleeding in the brain). Bottom line, question is unanswerable. ...Read more
Yes: There are many causes to a vegetative state. Stroke is only one of them. In addition the stroke may be ischemic, i.e. Interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain (usually a small area in the brainstem) or hemorrhagic, i.e. Pressure on several areas of the brain from a large hemorrhage. ...Read more
My mum had a stroke 3 weeks ago and has now had another stroke and been put in a coma, what will happen?When will she wake and what state?
CVA: The neurologist/doctor involved with your mom's care is the best source of this information. There are lots of things that can happen with a stroke, some have good prognosis and some don't. Coma isn't a good outcome. The likelihood of her waking and what state isn't something online docs can speculate on without lots more info. ...Read more
Could having surgery help my father wake up after having a stroke and being in a coma for 2 weeks?
No: As hard as it is to accept, if, two weeks after a stroke, someone is "comatose", the likelihood of that individual recovering any meaningful higher brain function is vanishingly small. You should meet with your doctors and discuss the options, including withdrawal of support and letting nature take its course. ...Read more
Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?
Bleed on brain ..2nd stroke 3weeks after the first , is that a normal thing to happen? What happens while in induced coma?
What do you suggest if my mother is in a coma due to a stroke and possible aneurysm or moyamoya.?
Neurosurgeon: I suggest you engage the services of the best and most experienced neurosurgeon in your area. Good luck. ...Read more
37 yr old stroke victim caused by sinus infection; has been in coma for a week; lung collapsed. Prognosis?
Not enough info: Prognosis is based on much more data than you can provide here. This person sounds very ill though. Sorry. Hope for the best. ...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
My head feels cold inside, I get electric shock, I hear a ringing sound, my hands get sweaty and I feel as if I'm going to have a stroke or go in coma?
76 male w/ heart attack on 4/3 in coma w/ a stroke. Today had babinski reflex. 1st & 2nd docs say pull plug or phenobarbital coma. Any other options?
The real : Question as hard as it is, is not what we who are here want, but what would the patient tell you he would want done for him if he could whisper in his ear? Would he want to be kept alive with no ability to come out of his situation? It's tough but if he would whisper yes then you have your answer. If no, then you know what to do. God bless you during this tough time. ...Read more
Did I have a stroke or happen to be in a coma. Had migrain went to ER i received 3 vaccines for the pain when i arrived home i slept for 72 hours straight when i was finally able to wake i was slurred in my talking and i felt like i was slow was i in a co
It : It sounds like you were extremely sensitive to the pain medication you recieved while you were in the emergency room. Some narcotic medication have amnesia side effects (where you do not remember all or parts of the day) while the med is on board. It is prudent to find out what medications you recieved in the er that day and report your reaction to your doctor. It does not sound like you were in a coma or that you had a stroke - it sounds like you were extremely sensitive and sedated from the medication. However if you continue to feel sluggish and are slurring your speech, seek emergency medical attention. ...Read more
66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. prognosis?
Guarded: I am sorry for this situation. No one can say for sure what will happen, but from your description, I think the prognosis would be guarded. ...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
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