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What can I do for a friend in a coma and in critical condition?

What can I do for a friend in a coma and in 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 more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma is a medical condition characterized by an non arousable state of unconsciousness. The brain activity seen in a comatose patient shows that being in a coma is not ...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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I had bacterial meningitis as a child, was in a coma for a few days. What are long term complications of this disease?

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

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I had bacterial meningitis at the age of 3, was in coma for months.are there long term side effects from this disease?

I had bacterial meningitis at the age of 3, was in coma for months.are there long term side effects from this disease?

Sometimes yes or no: Sometimes having meningitis as a child may be a risk factor for seizures years later. There is a good chance there will be no long term side effects, and this should be your expectation. ...Read more

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What causes a coma?

What causes a coma?

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 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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How are comas measured?

Glasgow Coma Scale.: The glasgow coma scale is the most widely used measure of a patient's mental status. Other scales are also used. ...Read more

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What causes "food coma"?

What causes "food coma"?

Bodily hormones: The body shifts from intense hunting for food to calm digestion following a heavy meal. This is the result of hormone shifts within the body. Some persons have more dramatic hormone shifts than others. Some foods induce these hormone shifts or even contain hormones that help shift body function. This is especially prominent at thanksgiving! alcohol adds to the effects. ...Read more

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