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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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How to treat vegetative-vascular dystonia?

How to treat vegetative-vascular dystonia?

Hot/cold showers: This diagnosis is popular in the eastern europe; in the us it is called vaso-vagal dysfunction (or syncope). Regular aerobic exercise, good hydration, regular meals, and enough sleep can help. A treatment popular in the eastern europe involves taking a hot shower and at the end making the water cold for 2 minutes. This does condition your blood vessels, although there are no controlled studies. ...Read more

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What is a vegetative state?

What is a vegetative state?

Vegitative state: A persistent vegetative state is a disorder of consciousness in which patients with severe brain damage are in a state of partial arousal rather than true awareness. ...Read more

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Can having a stroke put you in a coma, like a vegetative state?

Can having a stroke put you in a coma, like a vegetative state?

Yes: There are many causes to a vegetative state. Stroke is only one of them. In addition the stroke may be ischemic, i.e. Interruption of blood flow to an area of the brain (usually a small area in the brainstem) or hemorrhagic, i.e. Pressure on several areas of the brain from a large hemorrhage. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I visit to treat me vegetative-vascular dystonia ? Thank you.

What kind of doctor should I visit to treat me vegetative-vascular dystonia ? Thank you.

Good question: Dystonia just means a defect in tone. If there is some form of vascular tone problem, you may have risk for heart attack or stroke. Start with a good internist. He can then determine if another specialist is necessary. ...Read more

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Does permanent damage to particular part of the brain put someone in a permanent vegetative state?

Does permanent damage to particular part of the brain put someone in a permanent vegetative state?

Cerebral cortex: if cerebral cortex dies, while breathing and heart control centre in the brain stem are still working, the person will be in a vegetative state ...Read more