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Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.

Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.

Yes!! : Abnormal posturing can occur in a large variety of conditions from psychiatric states (e.g. Catatonic schizophrenia) to organic conditions including drug reaction , cerebral palsy, extrapyramidal disorders ( such as chorea, parkinson's disease, hemi ballismus dystonia's etc ) the list is not exhaustive! ...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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Coming out of coma with very brief muscle spasms (posturing?) but has gcs of 8/9. Does this mean better chance of recovery?

Maybe: Gcs is out of a total of 15. So 8 is a worrisome number. Spasm when awake differ from spasms in coma. ...Read more

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Does decorticate & decerebrate posturing during hypoglycemia followed by coma mean that a person has brain damage?

Does decorticate & decerebrate posturing during hypoglycemia followed by coma mean that a person has brain damage?

Posturing: It is definitely concerning to have this posturing. The ability to recover would relate to the amount of time the patient was hypoglycemic. ...Read more

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Patient coming out of coma from ruptured avm is 'posturing', but also responding to pain/cold (makes faces) and has eyes focused. Is this abnormal?

Patient coming out of coma from ruptured avm is 'posturing', but also responding to pain/cold (makes faces) and has eyes focused. Is this abnormal?

It may be expected: Recovery may take a long time. Only time will tell if what you describe is a good sign of recovery or an automatic nervous system response. ...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 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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What are the symptoms of being in a coma?

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

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Do people in coma hear you?

Do people in coma hear you?

No: In true coma there is no recognition of anything in the environment. Sometimes people who have been in a coma remember conversations, but many times these never occurred. Dreams and other neurologic functions can cause false memories. However, it's a good idea to always act as if the person can hear what you say. When coming out of a coma some conversations may be remembered. ...Read more

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Ms coma? Please explain....

Ms coma? Please explain....

Multiple sclerosis: Ms affects the brain and spinal cord. Early symptoms include weakness, tingling, numbness, and blurred vision. Others are muscle stiffness, thinking problems, and urinary problems. The diagnosis is made by history of symptoms and neurological exam, often with an mri, spinal tap and other tests. Coma is a condition in which conscious cognitive function has ceased and can be caused by ms. ...Read more

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Could someone in a coma hear?

No: if they can hear, it is not a coma. Of course, there is that whole out of body argument. Cannot comment on this. No matter what any Physician tells you, we are not smart enough to know whether or not that is true yet. ...Read more

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Whats glasgow coma score mean?

Scottish head trauma: A major hospital in glascow scotland published levels of coma in head trauma patients. It has now become the standard throughout the world. It is a number from 1 to 15 that can describe the neurological condition of the patient. There are five categories each of which can get a number 1, 2, or 3. A fully conscious and responsive patient will get a 15 with serious injury usually below 7. ...Read more

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How do patients feel in a coma?

Nothing: Sensory input does not get processed so pt does not feel anything. ...Read more

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Do men in comas have erections?

Do men in comas have erections?

Yes they can: The neural control for this function is from a different part of the nervous system than the cerebral cortex or "thinking" part of the brain. ...Read more

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What is the glasgow coma scale?

What is the glasgow coma scale?

Level of response: The Glasgow scale is a measure of responsiveness of an individual who has experienced some form of brain trauma. It is used so that when transferring a person from the care of one individual or institution, all will understand the condition of the injured person and can follow to determine if there is improvement or deterioration. ...Read more

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Can a person in a coma hear you?

Can a person in a coma hear you?

Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and i was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more than anyone imagined! believe me, i could write a soap opera. Always assume that someone in a coma can hear you. Talk to the person as if they can, and put your mouth close to their ear. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so! ...Read more

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Are there various stages of coma?

Are there various stages of coma?

Stupor and coma: Classical stages include lethargy, stupor, semi-coma and full coma. All of this is based on the area of the brain which is mostly affected, and the findings on exam correlating with the extent of the problem. The physician can adjust therapy, provide a prognosis, and make decisions based on clinical exam findings. Coma can be chronic, over weeks or months, or brief, such as a concussion. ...Read more

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Has anyone had surgery during coma?

Yes: There are instances where individuals have had surgical procedures during a coma, depending upon the cause of the coma. This is a broad answer to a difficult question for which it is hard to make generalizations. On the other hand, some patients in a coma are not surgical candidates, and may not be eligible to receive surgery. ...Read more

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Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Need to know what's childbirth coma?

Horrible: During childbirth several horrible things can occur to the mother and to the child. Unclear from the question to whom you are referring. Coma of the mother can be caused by intracranial hemorrhage, anoxic damage, severe eclampsia, pituitary apoplexy, etc. In the baby it can be caused by hie (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Recovery depends on cause and degree of damage. ...Read more

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Do people lose weight while in comas?

Do people lose weight while in comas?

Usually initially: It is not unusual for patients in coma to lose weight initially as they are in a catabolic state from whatever disease caused the coma in the first place. Patients are usually provided nutrition via tube and calories and nutrition carefully calculated in coordination with a registered dietician. After a time, which is variable, the catabolic state is reversed and patient will begin to gain weight. ...Read more