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Doctor insights on: Persistent Vegetative State

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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, .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Could you tell me if someone is in an anoxic brain a coma does that mean they're in a 'vegetative state'?

Could you tell me if someone is in an anoxic brain a coma does that mean they're in a 'vegetative state'?

Possibly: It depends on the level of coma. ( there are several) if they do not at all interact with their environment, it is most likely they may remain in that vegetative state. It also depends on the age of the patient. Children will sometimes improve. A very complex question with more information needed to give a really good answer.

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What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

That's irrelevant: You're making a common layperson's mistake: You're confusing a correlative marker with the thing itself. The presence of cerebral atrophy either during life in imaging or pathologically after death tells you nothing by itself. What matters is how well a brain WORKS, not how it looks. It doesn't really matter how the brain of someone in PVS looks. What matters is the PVS. A fate worse than death.

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I was diagnosed with vegetative dystonia And i have sexual risk And all HIV test after 3 months is negative Can this be related with HIV infection?

Mind meets body: I would not accept the diagnosis of "vegetative dystonia" except from somebody that I really trusted. Here in the US it's considered a "fringe" diagnosis given to people who are emotionally troubled -- often in rough life situations or who've been through terrible times -- and best Rx'd though learning new life skills & help with coping effectively. It's not caused by HIV.

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Can Adderałl be used to augment an antidepressant in someone who has vegetative depressive symptoms? Would dose be same as for ADHD or lower?

Can Adderałl be used to augment an antidepressant in someone who has vegetative depressive symptoms? Would dose be same as for ADHD or lower?

Yes: The dose must be closely monitored to avoid serotonergic syndrome. Start with the lowest dose under medical supervision of a psychiatrist, neuropsychiatrist or behavioral neurologist ideally.

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Can people in a vegative state see hear and understand? Do they recognize family members?

Can people in a vegative state see hear and understand? Do they recognize family members?

We think so!: There is data to suggest that people in a coma still have fully functioning hearing and recognize voices. It is very important in their healing to continue to speak to them, love them, and especially play music as that activates different parts of their brain. People who have been in comas and come out have said what kept them going was people talking singing and interacting with them.

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Chances of recovery?? Person has severe brain damage and in a vegative state not responsive or aware of whats going on.

Chances of recovery?? Person has severe brain damage and in a vegative state not responsive or aware of whats going on.

Varies: mostly the prognosis is hopeless. The exception if the brain is impaired and not gone. Drugs and cold temperature can prevent the brain from working. Trauma, stroke, etc kills the brain and its gone. Mostly, its gone.

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Can incessant worry damage your health!

Can incessant worry damage your health!

Yes : Increase psychological stess releases catecholamines which in the long run are not good for you. Learn to deal with stress in a productive way and to let go of people. Forgiveness is a big healer both for the forgiven and the forgiver.