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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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How long is too long for a person to be in a coma and fully recover?

How long is too long for a person to be in a coma and fully recover?

Coma time: No great work has been done. The amount of time is less important than the brain that is left to recover. ...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 a person stay in a medically induced coma?

As long as needed: The coma used in medical situations is due to risk of injury while fighting a ventilator, or supporting a dire condition. When the medical situation is stable, sedation is reversed. It is a preventive treatment to improve outcomes, but has risks in managing nutrition and loss of strength for the duration of bed rest. Ask questions of the doctors and nurses and maintain hope. ...Read more

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How long can a person be in coma from an overdose of oxycontin?

How long can a person be in coma from an overdose of oxycontin?

3-4 days: 3-4 days. Also depends how much damage to liver or other organs occured due to toxic effects of oxycontin. ...Read more

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How long can a person live in a coma with kidney failure and chf?

How long can a person live in a coma with kidney failure and chf?

Coma: The cause of the coma and the drivers for the renal and heart failure will dictate survival. If irreversible renal, cerebral and cardiac status a dialysis decision may be needed and artificial ventilation, without intense support not likely very long survival. ...Read more

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For how long does a person in coma can live if it is bc of injury?

For how long does a person in coma can live if it is bc of injury?

A person in a state: Of coma can live for years with support and treatment of the cause. The glasgow coma scale rates the degree of coma. The chance for recovery depend on the cause of the coma, whether the problem can be corrected, and the duration of the coma. ...Read more

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I'm curious, when a person goes into a diabetic coma how long before death if left untreated?

Not long : By the time a person slips into a coma, the brain has already been compromised. Without appropriate medical care death is imminent. ...Read more

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If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

If someone has a head injury and has been put into an induced coma, how long can that person remain in that state?

Depends on cause: Following head injury there can be seizures, brain swelling, severe agitation, broken bones, etc. Some patients are put into coma in order to allow healing of body parts, some for control of seizures, some for control of brain swelling, and some to assist nursing management. Monitoring of brain pressure and eeg may indicate the coma can be reversed, or healing of body parts may take longer. ...Read more

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How does hospital staff take care of a person in a prolonged coma?

Many things: There are many goals of care to a person in a coma. The first is to prevent complications like pneumonia, pressure sores, blood clots in the legs or arms, contractures of the joints and infections. This requires a knowledgable rehabilitation team. In addition there are medications that may hasten recovery from a coma. ...Read more

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