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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

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...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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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 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?

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

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What causes someone to go into a coma?

What causes someone to go into a coma?

Several most common.: Trauma to the head damaging the brain most common, hypoxia-lack of oxygen, and toxins from inside the body or outside that shut down the brain's operations. ...Read more

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Can music help people who are in comas?

Can music help people who are in comas?

Possibly: It certainly can't hurt, particularly if it is a type of music that person liked. ...Read more

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Do you people age quicker if in a coma?

Not sure: Interesting question. I am not sure they age faster but certainly variious symtems in the body do not work as well and are subject to deterioration from lack of use. This is particularly true for the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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How long can a person be in a coma for?

How long can a person be in a coma for?

Coma: If one is going to recover from coma it may last days to weeks. If recovery is not going to occur, people move from coma to a persistent vegetative state which may last indefinitely. ...Read more

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How long can somebody survive in a coma?

No definite answer: I am sure there are anecdotal stories of people being in coma for years and waking up from it, but those are few "miracle" instances. The longer the coma, the poorer the prognosis for survival is. ...Read more

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How could someone in a coma be so aware?

Cannot be aware: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. If a person is aware and responding they are not in coma but may be in a minimally responsive state. ...Read more

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What are the chances of surviving a coma?

Depends...: In general, surviving coma depends on the reason for the coma and whether the etiology of the coma is reversible or not. The longer the person is comatose, the less likely they will awaken. These are generalities, however, so ask your doctor about the specific case to find out the chance of survival of the individual patient as each case is different. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of being in a coma?

None: An unconscious person does not have any symptoms. ...Read more

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What can happen when you come out of a coma?

What can happen when you come out of a coma?

Coma: It depends on the cause. For examples, if a teenager drinks a full bottle of vodka for the first time, she/he could go into coma, but if treated properly recover completely. Head injury is another examples, but the recovery is generally longer and the patient may be in a confused state for many days before going back to normal. ...Read more

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How to know if someone is going into a coma?

Coma: Usually a person going into a coma loses alertness; the person passes out and is not responsive. To definitively determine if someone is in a coma, further testing is needed. ...Read more

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How can one take care of a person in a coma?

Treatment of coma: Is largely supportive in addition to treating the cause of the coma. The chances for recovery depend on the cause of the coma, whether the problem can be corrected, and the duration of the coma. People in comas likely require an intensive care unit and may often require full life support until their situation improves. ...Read more

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What would cause someone to fall into a coma?

Multiple causes: Trauma to the head, severe brain infection, stroke, or any disease that prevents enough blood flow to the brain can induce coma. ...Read more

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Do people get there memory back after a coma?

Possibly: It is possible, but it depends on many factors. Such as their level of functioning before the coma, what was the cause of the coma, how long they were in the coma, were there other complications during the coma. It varies based on many factors. Therefore the only way to know how the person will turn out is to weigh all of the different factors. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and a coma?

What is the difference between shock and a coma?

As follows: Shock is usually a diffuse dysfunction in bodily organ systems due to vascular collapse, associated with low blood sugar or low blood pressure, and secondary complications. Coma merely implicates loss of consciousness and lack of responsivity to stimuli, and can be caused by mainly disorders, including trauma. ...Read more