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Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?

Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a coma?

Yes: A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that typically results from a blow to the head, and may or may not result in the loss of consciousness. A coma, on the other hand, is a state of unconsciousness in which people do not interact with the environment. The causes and outcomes of coma vary. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more


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What are the differences between a coma, contusion, and concussion?

What are the differences between a coma, contusion, and concussion?

Differences: Coma is a state of unconsciousness unresponsiveness.
Contusion is a bruise with a bit of bleeding
concussion is a state of altered mental status, confusion, disorientation, clouded thinking, difficulty with vision and walking. The individual may have a feeling that they do not recall what happened to them. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fall into coma from a concussion?

Is it possible to fall into coma from a concussion?

No: A concussion is a brief loss of consciousness or an alteration of consciousness but is brief lasting seconds to minutes. Coma would result from a much more serious head injury or a metabolic disorder. ...Read more

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What happens as a result of sleep that causes the coma after a concussion?

What happens as a result of sleep that causes the coma after a concussion?

Sleep is no problem: People lose consciousness as a result of concussion. It is not the apparent sleep, but what is happening to the brain trigging loss of consciousness. The concept of keeping someone awake is to monitor the course of brain injury. If the person falls asleep they can be awakened periodically to monitor their course. If they cannot be aroused, the injury is progressing needing intervention. ...Read more

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After 12 concussions, the last few resulting in coma (of various lengths) what will the repercussions be?

Avoid more concussio: Concussions cause cumulative brain damage. Repeated concussions have been assdociated with early onset of dementia, memory difficulty and slowed speed of mental processing of information. These complications may not be felt for several years or they may represent post concussion symptoms that take longer to resolve or may become permanent. You should avoid future concussions. ...Read more

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Can a major atv wreck(bleeding in brain, concussion, coma, etc.) stunt your growth?

Theoretically : Theoretically a severe brain injury affecting the hypothalamus and hormonal regulation could have an effect on growth and other hormone mediated processes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a concussion and basiclar skull fracture. Also, does a drip always in back of throat normal with concussion?

What's the difference between a concussion and basiclar skull fracture. Also, does a drip always in back of throat normal with concussion?

Concussion v BSFx: A concussion happens when the brain is rocked(shook) in the cranial cavity. A basilar skull fracture is when the bones at the base of skull actually get fractured. People will have a bruise behind the ear or bruising around both eyes. The drip at the back of the nose could be a Cerebral Spinal fluid leak if it is salty constant and associated with headaches. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between shock and a coma?

What is the difference between shock and a coma?

As follows: Shock is usually a diffuse dysfunction in bodily organ systems due to vascular collapse, associated with low blood sugar or low blood pressure, and secondary complications. Coma merely implicates loss of consciousness and lack of responsivity to stimuli, and can be caused by mainly disorders, including trauma. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a coma and a locked-in syndrome?

What is the difference between a coma and a locked-in syndrome?

Different responses: Coma is a state of unconscious unawareness.
Due to diffuse brain involvement.

Lock in syndrome is a condition of brain stem damage where the person in paralyzed with only eye movements preserved. The individual can be fully aware but unable to respond. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between a knockout and a concussion?

Unconscious: With a knock out, there is a definite loss of consciousness. With a concussion, there may or may not be a loss of consciousness. Frequently with a concussion, the patient may be awake during and after the incident. They may still have a dazed appearance and not be able to answer questions appropriately (the sidelines test). ...Read more

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What is the difference between unconsciousness and coma?

No differrence: I would rather explain different levels of unconsciousness and coma with gcs. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between brain death and coma?

Death vs coma: Coma is a state of unconscious unresponsiveness. The person is still alive but unable to respond. An electroencephalogram will show electrical activity indicating the brain is functioning although at an impaired state.
Brain death the person is no longer alive. An electroencephalogram would show no brain activity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between somebody that is in a coma vs under anesthetic vs sleeping deep?

Big difference: Persons in a coma that is not induced by medication typically have damage to a part of their brain that governs sleep-wake cycles called the reticular activating system. They do not respond to the natural processes that wake us up after sleep. They cannot be awakened by loud noises or change in light. There are different levels of coma. Even people sleeping deeply have a normal nervous system. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between closed head injury and concussion?

Head injuries: A closed head injury refers to an injury to the head without fracture of the skull or intrusion through the skull. The brain may not be involved.
A concussion is the mildest for of a brain injury. M. ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?what is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?what is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: Acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
End stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
Not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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What is difference between coma and unconscious?

Coma: All coma are unconscious but all unconscious may not be coma. Coma is a deep state of sleep where one cannot be aroused. ...Read more

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What's the difference between unconsciousness and a coma?

What's the difference between unconsciousness and a coma?

Same Thing: Coma and unconsciousness are ways of saying the same thing. They both refer to a state that is often caused by serious injury, especially to the head. There are depths or levels of coma/unconsciousness, which are assessed by using neurological rating scales. ...Read more

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What's the difference between food coma and diabetic coma?

They are different: Food coma is a common term used to describe the sleepiness experienced after a large meal. It is not a medical term. Diabetic coma can occur when the blood sugar is very high or very low. Either one is a serious medical emergency. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between coma and loss of consciousness?

Continuum: Coma is the deepest form of loss of consciousness (loc), in which no responsiveness to the external environment exists. This can be reversible. Technically a concussion with loc means a momentary coma has occurred but the term is rarely used in that circumstance. Simple loc means loss of awareness to some external stimuli with preserved responsiveness to noxious stimuli. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between the symptoms of a pinched nerve and a concussion?

No head trauma: Shouldn't really be confused. Radiating pains into the arm (singular) suggests pinched nerve. Concussive symptoms are grouped into: 1) cognitive; foggy, concentration, memory issues 2)somatic; headaches, dizziness, nausea, light sensitive 3)mood; irritability, anxiety, sadness 4)sleep disturbance including too much/too little. Again, not too much alike. ...Read more

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What is difference between diabetic and insulin coma?

What is difference between diabetic and insulin coma?

Opposites really: These are common terms for the comas that occur with very high or very low blood sugars (glucose). They are treated quite differently as for diabetic ketoacidosis coma you give Insulin and fluids, while for an excess of insulin, we give glucose. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a diabetic coma and insulin shock?

What's the difference between a diabetic coma and insulin shock?

Opposite: Diabetic coma results from extremely elevated blood sugars. Insulin shock arises from severe hypoglycemia related to taking insulin. ...Read more

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What's the difference between the physiology of sleeping and a coma?

What's the difference between the physiology of sleeping and a coma?

Able to awaken: Coma is a state of shut down of brain activity. It is defined by basic brain function, reactivity to stimulation, and eeg studies. There are many levels. The main issue is whether the patient can awaken. Anesthesia is a state of induced coma. Deep sleep is a natural form of coma. Death is the deepest coma. ...Read more

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Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a hangover if I fell down drunk?

Is there any way to tell the difference between concussion and a hangover if I fell down drunk?

Duration of symptoms: The difference is the duration of symptoms. The symptoms of a hangover should resolve quickly, within a day. On the other hand, symptoms of a concussion can take much longer to resolve. However, these persistent symptoms can be subtle. As you recover from a concussion, you may experience symptoms during exercise or physical exertion. Be on the lookout for these. ...Read more

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How can a doctor tell the difference between a coma and a fugue state?

How can a doctor tell the difference between a coma and a fugue state?

Consciousness: Coma implies absence of response to pain and usually other noxious externally administered stimuli. Fugue state (which is different from catatonia) involves an amnestic conscious state similar to an alcoholic blackout in which behavior may appear purposeful but not be remembered subsequently. ...Read more

Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Coma (Definition)

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