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Can a person in a coma hear you?

Can a person in a coma hear you?

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

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more


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Can a person in a coma hear everything?

Can a person in a coma hear everything?

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

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Can a person in a coma hear things at all?

Can a person in a coma hear things at all?

No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear.
However, during an acute or chronic vegetative state or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said. ...Read more

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Might it be that a person in a coma hear what others are saying nearby?

Yes they can. : We used to think not, but after interviewing those patients who have awakened from their coma state, they clearly have some but not total recall of some events. ...Read more

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Can a person hear sounds around them if they are in a coma?

Can a person hear sounds around them if they are in a coma?

No: Coma is usually defined as unconscious unresponsiveness. During coma an individual cannot hear.
However, during an acute or chronic vegetative state or minimally responsive state, during which patients may appear to be in coma, a patient may have memory of what is said. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a person is in a coma, can they feel, smell, or hear?

Coma: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. A person in coma can not feel, smell or hear. If a person is able to experience these sensations they are in a chronic vegetative state. ...Read more

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Do people in coma hear you?

Do people in coma hear you?

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 more

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Could someone in a coma hear?

Could someone in a coma hear?

No: If they can hear, it is not a coma. Of course, there is that whole out-of-body argument. Cannot comment on this. No matter what any Physician tells you, we are not smart enough to know whether that is true yet. ...Read more

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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 on 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

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Can a patient in coma hear?

Maybe: Depends on why they are in the coma whether their hearing nerve pathways might be working. Your doctors may or may not be able to tell you. Certainly, it can't hurt to talk to a friend or loved one in a coma. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Could people in comas hear or smell or feel?

Good question: In some cases, communication is possible, especially in so called akinetic mutism or locked in syndrome, but if coma is due to severe brain injury or frank brain death, doubtful that any reception of stimuli present. ...Read more

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How does a person die from a sugar coma?

How does a person die from a sugar coma?

Multiple ways: Two variations, low blood sugar, and hyperosmolar comas including ketoacidosis. Multiple metabolic derangements affecting cardiac and brain functions, but also kidney and other internal organ issues. A superimposed infection could also be the culprit. ...Read more

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When a person wakes up from a coma are they tired?

Coma: "Tired" and "alert" refer to normal daily circadian rhythms relating to sleep and waking states. A coma is a different state, with brain dysfunction caused by many things (infection, low oxygen, toxins, continued seizures, medications and others. When the coma is resolved, the brain will return, slowly, to the normal waking and sleeping rhythms. The transition out of coma is more or less slow. ...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 on how much damage to liver or other organs occured due to toxic effects of oxycontin. ...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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What are the causes of a person to go into a coma if they got shot in the chest?

Lack of oxygen: Being shot in the chest will seriously compromise your ability to breathe. Hypoxia or anoxia may have taken place, resulting in brain damage. Another reason is that there may have been a great loss of blood, causing lack of blood to the brain resulting in brain damage. It is common for both mechanisms to co exist. ...Read more

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Can one person without being in a coma have abnormal posturing? What are the causes of this symptom? Thanks.

Yes!! : Abnormal posturing can occur in a large variety of conditions from psychiatric states (e.g. Catatonic schizophrenia) to organic conditions including drug reaction, cerebral palsy, extrapyramidal disorders (such as chorea, parkinson's disease, hemi ballismus dystonia's etc) the list is not exhaustive! ...Read more

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Can an alive body confuse us as it is dead? Is a person having coma looks same like a dead one, which points of appearance distinct coma and death.

Tests to consider: Usually we pronounce some one dead if they do not respond to painful stimuli (rubbing chest with knuckles) no spontaneous respirations, no pulse and no audible heart tones and pupils are fixed and non responsive to light. In addition, you can also look at a EKG or heart monitor to see if there is electrical activity of the heart. If all else fails we perform a EEG to look at brain wave activity ...Read more

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