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Doctor insights on: How Long Can A Person Be In A Coma Before They Cannot Recover

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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...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?

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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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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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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In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing? Age 73 person is in coma blood desolving

In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing? Age 73 person is in coma blood desolving

Pressure effects: Bleeding into the brain produces severe pressure effects that can damage the brainstem. The blood itself can dissolve and go away, but the brain damage remains. Some recovery may occur, independent of what happens to the blood. Recovery from coma may be very slow and hard to predict. The primary doctor should be able to help you understand the prognosis. ...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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Has anybody you know recovered, after being in a coma totally?

Has anybody you know recovered, after being in a coma totally?

Yes: A coma occurs when the brain is injured. Recovery depends on whether the injury can be reversed. I have seen people in comas from a brain infection completely recover when the infection was treated. On the other hand, a person in a coma from a head injury may recover partially, or not at all. The longer the coma, the lower the chance for recovery. Ask a doctor the reason for the coma. ...Read more

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How are people taken out of a medically induced coma? How long is the coma? And is family allowed to be in room when the coma is finished? Thank you.

As long as it needs: People put into medically induced comas are left in them as long as they need maximal brain rest. Depending on the reason, this may be hours or it can be weeks - in rare cases even longer. They are "taken out" by gradually reducing the medications used to induce the coma. This too can take hours, days or longer. They just don't stop them and the person "pops up" awake, so you really can't be there ...Read more

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How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

How long do you have to be having a stroke to go into a coma?

Uncertain: Of your question. Most stroke patients don't progress to coma. Many patients with coma are not suffering this issue because of stroke. Massive stroke can result in coma immediately or progressively depending on the nature/severity of the stroke (lack of blood to the brain or bleeding in the brain). Bottom line, question is unanswerable. ...Read more

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My friend is in coma since 1 week after cutting his threads when he wakes they say he will loose his memory, what will he forget? And for how long?

My friend is in coma since 1 week after cutting his threads when he wakes they say he will loose his memory, what will he forget? And for how long?

Uncertain: I am not sure what "cutting his threads" mean, but what someone is like after waking up from a coma is pretty variable, and only time will tell what his deficits are. ...Read more

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Hypothetically, you eat 3500 over BMR on Sun, go into a coma Monday, TPN at BMR 1 month. How long for that 3500 to appear as a pound of fat, typically?

Probably never: It's a good question with no good answer. Fortunately our bodies are not calculators and a one time indulgence even well over what's needed would probably not change anything except glycogen stores with a small weight gain initially. Habitual overeating causes weight gain over time and it is rarely 100% fat gain. Our metabolism constantly adjusts to try and maintain so there isn't one answer. ...Read more

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How long can a diabetic coma last?

How long can a diabetic coma last?

Variable duration: The duration of diabetic coma is related to correction of the metabolic abnormalities leading to coma. It may be short if treatment is instituted shortly after coma begins. The longer the coma remains untreated, the greater the likelihood of permanent neurologic damage or even death. ...Read more

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