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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What is liver coma?

A very bad event: When a patient has liver failure for any reason (cirrhosis?), the normal detoxification mechanisms are defective and a patient develops a metabolic encephalopathy. If severe, coma ensues, and this can be definitely life threatening. Brain function is secondarily disrupted, perhaps profoundly. Intensive care treatment is mandatory. ...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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