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People Coma Hear
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
Likely yes!: I can answer this from personal experience. I spent months in an ICU on a ventilator and i was in a coma for part of that time. I heard a lot more than anyone imagined! believe me, i could write a soap opera. Always assume that someone in a coma can hear you. Talk to the person as if they can, and put your mouth close to their ear. Don't let anyone make you feel silly for doing so! ...Read more
It depends: There are many forms of coma. With light coma the patient can be aware and remember everything that occurs around him. In deeper forms they may be aware but do not remember. In very deep forms there is no awareness or memory. It is very difficult for even highly trained observers to judge the level of coma. No specfic test is definitive. Assume they are aware until proven otherwise. ...Read more
Can you explain if it's true that when someone is in a coma, they can hear things, but can't respond?
It can be true: Coma is a state where people do not respond to the environment. There are several causes of coma. It can be induced by medications, can be caused by trauma, infection as exemple of a few. Depending of the depth of the coma or the cause and where the lesion is the patient might be able to hear but not respond. ...Read more
My head feels cold inside, I get electric shock, I hear a ringing sound, my hands get sweaty and I feel as if I'm going to have a stroke or go in coma?
Brain injury: Deep centers of the brain control the ability to react to our environment and control our basic needs. When these deep centers are damaged we lose the ability to react and control. This is described as a state of coma. Brain swelling, brain infection, brain hemorrhage, stroke, trauma, all can result in a state of coma. Recovery depends on the degree of initial damage. ...Read more
Multifactorial: Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness. It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic . Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please clarify: Are you asking, "When people in comas die, what do they die of?" Or do you mean, "I don't understand why people in comas die instead of everyone getting better, waking up, shaking their doctor's hand, waving to the nurses, and going home."? Please repost your question so that it can be understood. ...Read more
Coma: People emerge from coma in varied fashions and to different extents. For example, people who are in medically-induced comas may emerge from this as medication is allowed to wear off. Alternatively, a person in a coma from a disease state may emerge from coma as the disease state improves. This can be rapid (hours to days) or slow (weeks or months). Some people fully recover. Others may not. ...Read more
Depends: Hard to say if it's not you coming out of it. Coma is a state of asleep-like unresponsiveness. Recovery depends on cause, duration & severity of coma. Outcome can range from normal (just like waking up) to a permanent vegetative state i.e. awake-like unresponsiveness & lack of awareness of environment. Some things e.g. stroke in certain areas of the pons can cause irreversible coma. ...Read more
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