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Any hope of waking up if a relative is in coma for 4mths after a stroke ?

Any hope of waking up if a relative is  in coma for 4mths after a 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

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How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

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

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Can having a stroke put you in a coma, like a vegetative state?

Can having a stroke put you in a coma, like a vegetative state?

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

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If you have a major stroke and end up on a coma, then catch pneumonia, can you die?

If you have a major stroke and end up on a coma, then catch pneumonia, can you die?

Yes: Unfortunately, pneumonia can be fatal in any patient although rarely. Patients with a stroke are at increased risk for getting pneumonia due to often having difficulty swallowing. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Will doctors induce coma for stroke victim?

Usually not: There have been studies of barbiturate induced coma and hypothermia in many stroke patients. Outcomes have been mixed or disappointing, and still the best approach is acute t-pa, given in the emergency dept. ...Read more

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Could a person who suffers a severe stroke or an aneurysm fall into a deep coma?

Could a person who suffers a severe stroke or an aneurysm fall into a deep coma?

Yes: It is indeed possible. A stroke or an aneurysm causing damage to critical parts of the brain (brainstem, thalamus, large bilateral damage) that are responsible for arousal and sustaining consciousness can cause deep coma. ...Read more

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Why would my doctors have induced a 3-day coma after I had a post-operative stroke?

Why would my doctors have induced a 3-day coma after I had a post-operative stroke?

Common treatment: If is a common treatment of brain edema (swelling) that reduces the metabolic demands of the brain. ...Read more

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What cancers, common in woman, can cause strokes, siezures, comas, etc?

What cancers, common in woman, can cause strokes, siezures, comas, etc?

Several types: Any type of cancer that has spread ( metastasized) to the brain can cause the symptoms that you list. Due to the frequency of breast cancer and lung cancer, these would be the most likely to spread to brain (stage 4). ...Read more

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Docs, could a person who suffers a severe stroke or an aneurysm fall into a deep coma?

Docs, could a person who suffers a severe stroke or an aneurysm fall into a deep coma?

Yes: It is indeed possible. A stroke or an aneurysm causing damage to critical parts of the brain (brainstem, thalamus, large bilateral damage) that are responsible for arousal and sustaining consciousness can cause deep coma. ...Read more

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Could having surgery help my father wake up after having a stroke and being in a coma for 2 weeks?

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

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Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Brother had stroke, is in coma. Not waking up. Treated for pneumonia and fever. Happened Thursday night. What should I expect or prepare for?

Depends: This all depends on how large the stroke was and which parts of the brain were affected. Also, getting pneumonia on top of that likely complicated things. I wish him well, but unfortunately, you are at a "wait and see" point in his care. ...Read more

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Bleed on brain ..2nd stroke 3weeks after the first , is that a normal thing to happen? What happens while in induced coma?

Bleed on brain ..2nd stroke 3weeks after the first , is that a normal thing to happen? What happens while in induced coma?

Can happen : A second stroke is possible after a first stroke. The reasons for the stroke should be investigated to try to prevent new strokes (not always possible). A medically induced coma is used to allow for rest and healing. ...Read more

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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

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37 yr old stroke victim caused by sinus infection; has been in coma for a week; lung collapsed. Prognosis?

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

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Elderly lady had stroke due to blood clot. Has brain swelling. In a coma. Stroke induced. Chances of survival?

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

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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?

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

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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

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

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66yr/ m congestive heart failure, stroke, pulmonary embolism, then 2nd massive hemorrhagic stroke, surgery to repair, fell into coma. prognosis?

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

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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