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Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Continuum: Coma is the deepest form of loss of consciousness (loc), in which no responsiveness to the external environment exists. This can be reversible. Technically a concussion with loc means a momentary coma has occurred but the term is rarely used in that circumstance. Simple loc means loss of awareness to some external stimuli with preserved responsiveness to noxious stimuli. ...Read more

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Dr. Rajiva Goyal
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Syncope (Definition)

Loss of consciousness and postural tone caused by diminished cerebral blood flow. Syncope may indicate a particular medical condition, however often it may occur in an otherwise healthy individual. It is a common problem, accounting for 3% ...Read more


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What is the difference between unconsciousness and coma?

No differrence: I would rather explain different levels of unconsciousness and coma with gcs. ...Read more

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What's the difference between unconsciousness and a coma?

What's the difference between unconsciousness and a coma?

Same Thing: Coma and unconsciousness are ways of saying the same thing. They both refer to a state that is often caused by serious injury, especially to the head. There are depths or levels of coma/unconsciousness, which are assessed by using neurological rating scales. ...Read more

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What's the onset of myxedema coma? (do people collapse, become drowsy etc.)

? thyroid storm ?: Myxedema is a condition caused by severe alterations in fluid balance due to thyroid disorder. There can be swellings in various tissues including around the eyes and into the brain. There is a hyper state with agitation (myxedema madness), or deterioration of consciousness with stupor and coma. Usually there are early signs that the thyroid is out of control, but acute thyroid storm may occur. ...Read more

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I took 12 350mg somas alomg with more and ended up wetting the bed, I also took 12 norco, 16mg xanax, (alprazolam) 60mg oxycodone. I am a addict and have had a coma and blacked out before, am I lucky?

I took 12 350mg somas alomg with more and ended up wetting the bed, I also took 12 norco, 16mg xanax, (alprazolam) 60mg oxycodone. I am a addict and have had a coma and blacked out before, am I lucky?

Lucky addict: You would be very fortunate not to let that happen again. Only way to recover is to sign yourself in a rehab program asap. You will need detox & close monitoring. It is your life. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and a coma?

What is the difference between shock and a coma?

As follows: Shock is usually a diffuse dysfunction in bodily organ systems due to vascular collapse, associated with low blood sugar or low blood pressure, and secondary complications. Coma merely implicates loss of consciousness and lack of responsivity to stimuli, and can be caused by mainly disorders, including trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a coma and a vegetative state?

What is the difference between a coma and a vegetative state?

Awake versus not : A coma is a state of unconsciousness. A person in coma does not open eyes, or respond to the environment beyond reflexes. In vegetative state there may be eye opening, and even the patient may follow objects with their eyes, yawn and appear more "awake" but do not speak, follow commands or move purposefully. Both involve significant brain disorder. Prognosis can vary based on cause, . ...Read more

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Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?

Yes: A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that typically results from a blow to the head, and may or may not result in the loss of consciousness. A coma, on the other hand, is a state of unconsciousness in which people do not interact with the environment. The causes and outcomes of coma vary. ...Read more

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What is the difference between brain death and coma?

Death vs coma: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. The person is still alive but unable to respond. An electroencephalogram will show electrical activity indicating the brain is functioning although at an impaired state. Brain death the person is no longer alive. An electroencephalogram would show no brain activity. ...Read more

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Dr. Marc Bloom
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Loss Of Consciousness (Definition)

Unconsciousness is a state of being unresponsive to stimuli, and unaware. People who faint are temporarily unconscious, and people in a coma are in a ...Read more


Consciousness (Definition)

It is the amount of awareness with yourself and the surroundings meaning recognize yourself and ...Read more