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What can I do for a friend in a coma and in critical condition?

What can I do for a friend in a coma and in critical condition?

Support: I am guessing the friend is already in the icu. While most of the time in the ICU is not remembered, some is. Patients may still respond and communicate even if sedated since goal is comfort, not amnesia. Give them support, as well as their family and friends. Critical illness is stressful for more than just the patient and good social support and communication helps the people caring for them. ...Read more

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Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

Coma is a medical condition characterized by an non arousable state of unconsciousness. The brain activity seen in a comatose patient shows that being in a coma is not ...Read more


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Friend in a coma that also has lung cancer. Any chance he survives?

Friend in a coma that also has lung cancer. Any chance he survives?

LungCA&coma: Assuming the coma is due to the lung cancer?...He would have a slim chance of coming out of it. If the coma is due to pneumonia/infection or some other medical condition he might have a chance of coming around.Either way this sounds very serious and good communication with the team of doctors caring for him is essential.Hard decision maybe in his family's future&more informed the better. ...Read more

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If you are in a coma, are you "living" my friend was in a coma and was in a vegetable state, he now tells me he was not "living" because he had no function while being in a coma. Is this true?

If you are in a coma, are you "living" my friend was in a coma and was in a vegetable state, he now tells me he was not "living" because he had no function while being in a coma. Is this true?

Coma : Coma is a state during which people are unaware or minimally aware of their surroundings and are not able to respond to stimulation. There are situations when, after trauma or surgery, people are kept in a medically induced comatose state during the early phase of treatment which often involved putting in tubes and airways. The person is as alive as someone who takes an overdose and is in coma because of the drugs. Brain death is when functions of the brain and brainstem are totally and permanently gone. Vegetative state is technically not brain death. ...Read more

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My friend is in coma since 1 week after cutting his threads when he wakes they say he will loose his memory, what will he forget? And for how long?

Recovery after coma: Hello. Coma is an event which prevents new memories from being made and often erases old memories. Depending on the length of the coma, cause of the coma, medications used the amount of memory loss and even recovery from the coma itself can be vaguely predicted. The longer the coma, more severe the initial cause, more medications needed all predict a poor recovery and even the possibility of death. ...Read more

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My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

My friend is in an insulin overdose coma, will he be okay when he wakes up?

Serious injury: The brain relies on glucose for metabolism and developing a coma as a result of an Insulin overdose is very serious. Their recovery will depend on how long glucose was low and other factors including the presence of prior vascular disease in the brain. There could definitely be long term impairment as a result. ...Read more

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My friend is in a diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma. What does this mean?

My friend is in a diabetic hyperglycemic hyperosmolar coma. What does this mean?

Coma due to diabetes: By your question i will assume he is in the hospital. This condition is due to poor control of diabetes either due to not taking medications or as a result of some inciting condition like infection amongst others, a better controll of diabetes will help prevent this. In summary it's a coma caused by caused by high glucose. ...Read more

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Friend has 3 air bobbles on the brain and is in a induced coma what does this mean and will she have a full recovery?

Friend has 3 air bobbles on the brain and is in a induced coma what does this mean and will she have a full recovery?

Please repost: Please repost your question and include the answer to your question given to you by the doctors who are treating your friend's air bobbles; or if you have not asked them these questions, why not. ...Read more

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Friend is in an induced coma and has a pulmonary hematoma after bad accident. Can you explain what this means?

Friend is in an induced coma and has a pulmonary hematoma after bad accident. Can you explain what this means?

Difficult: A pulmonary hematoma means that your friend has had internal bleeding, and the blood is pooling either in between the lobes of the lung or in between the lungs and the rib cage. This can be a very dangerous situation, and you should consult your friend's doctors for more details related specifically to his/her case. ...Read more

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I have a friend who has been in a coma for two days. His brain is swollen and he hasn't woke up can this cause brain damage or death?

I have a friend who has been in a coma for two days. His brain is swollen and he hasn't woke up can this cause brain damage or death?

Maybe backwards: Sometimes, a patient gets brain damage, and the damaged brain is not working correctly (thus leaves the patient in a coma). The damaged brain swells, and can be seen on a scan as "brain swelling". The patient may die from the original brain damage, the brain swelling that was due to that brain damage, or die from other causes. One has to look at the whole picture to see what might be happening. ...Read more