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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coming out of coma with very brief muscle spasms (posturing?) but has gcs of 8/9. Does this mean better chance of recovery?
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?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers