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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 = deep state of unconsciousness due ...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?

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"?

Redirection of blood: Even though there is a dramatic increase in blood flow to the stomach and intestines after a meal (proven by ultrasounds) it is thought that it is the increased parasympathetic nervous system activity (opposite of the fight or flight sympathetic activity) which causes the feeling of lethargy. ...Read more

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How do you feel in a coma?

How do you feel in a coma?

Depends: Coma, subcoma, stupor, altered mental status, drowsiness are some of the names given to different levels of altered consciousness.There has been reported cases of people in deep coma remembering what was said around them after recovering from coma. ...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 you get out from a coma?

Difficult question: It depends if the underlying reason that caused the coma is reversible or correctable. Even then it is difficult as it depends if there was too much insult to the brain or not. Recovery from coma is such a variable thing that it is difficult to answer without knowing about the specific situation. I wish i could be of more help on this, its just such a complicated thing. ...Read more

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How do people come out of a coma?

Resolution: Coma affects the base of the brain, brainstem, the same area responsible for concussion outcomes. As a disorder heals, and inflammation or swelling decreases, gradually the reticular activating system switches back on, and responses resume. However, on occasion this can be a lengthy restoration, maybe even months and very rarely yrs. ...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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What is it like to being in a coma?

Unsure: Hard to say. I frequently take care of patients in medically-induced (medication) comas and comas from trauma/strokes. I have never had a patient wake up and give me an assessment. Those that do wake up, do not recall the events. ...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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Can you voluntarily fall into a coma?

Voluntary coma: You cannot wish yourself into coma. Obviously there are actions you can take that will cause you to go into real coma from drugs etc.. ...Read more

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What are the different kinds of comas?

What are the different kinds of comas?

Coma: The general broad categories of coma include (but not limited to): 1. structural: such as tumor, stroke, bleeding...etc 2. Metabolic/toxic: such as inborn errors of metabolism in children, hepatic encephalopathy, and drug/toxin ingestion/overdose 3. infectious: due to viral encephalitis, bacterial meningitis.. etc ...Read more

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What's an easy way to get into a coma?

Get into coma: This is an unusual question. Are you indicating an interest in going into coma to escape events in your life? I would consult a psychiatrist or psychologist to deal with your feelings. ...Read more