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Coma Critical Condition
Support: I am guessing the friend is already in the icu. While most of the time in the ICU is not remembered, some is. Patients may still respond and communicate even if sedated since goal is comfort, not amnesia. Give them support, as well as their family and friends. Critical illness is stressful for more than just the patient and good social support and communication helps the people caring for them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hello, I had serious kidney surgery in 2007. I was septic and in a coma and my left kidney was lacerated and infected. My surgeon saved my life but I'm plagued with anxiety about the condition of my kidneys and how they're functioning. My question is thi
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had bacterial meningitis as a child, was in a coma for a few days. What are long term complications of this disease?
Should be apparent : Bacterial meningitis has the nasty tendency to produce a specific set of problems depending on how soon it was detected & how effective it was treated. Hearing loss was common, brain abscesses can lead to seizures & or movement problems (cp), learning disabilities & the like. As an adult, you either have some of these issues or not. They would have been apparent by school age at the latest. ...Read more
I had bacterial meningitis at the age of 3, was in coma for months.are there long term side effects from this disease?
Yes: A coma is a very serious condition associated with head injury and a certain percentage of people do not survive, however many people do survive and even recover to a great degree. The longer the coma the less complete the recovery. Even short comas of a few days can cause long term thinking problems but with rehabilitation there is potential for improvement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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