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Why iinduced coma if brain damage?
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Brain protection
If a brain is swollen and fragile, sometimes a coma is induced to prevent the pressure inside the head from becoming too high and causing additional damage.

In brief: Brain protection
If a brain is swollen and fragile, sometimes a coma is induced to prevent the pressure inside the head from becoming too high and causing additional damage.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Dr. Rashed Hasan
Pediatrics - Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Coma for high ICP
In patients with traumatic brain injury (usually the result of a motor vehicle collision) the intracranial pressure (icp) often increases to a dangerously high level.
These patients often need to be ona breathing machine and be sedated to a deep level. Sometimes they need to be under Pentobarbital coma in an effort to keep the icp within an acceptable range until the brain edema (swelling) drops.

In brief: Coma for high ICP
In patients with traumatic brain injury (usually the result of a motor vehicle collision) the intracranial pressure (icp) often increases to a dangerously high level.
These patients often need to be ona breathing machine and be sedated to a deep level. Sometimes they need to be under Pentobarbital coma in an effort to keep the icp within an acceptable range until the brain edema (swelling) drops.
Dr. Rashed Hasan
Dr. Rashed Hasan
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Dr. Jason Adler
I agree and furthermore, in certain cases of brain injury (such as brain injury after cardiac arrest), physicians may induce hypothermia for a period of time to prevent further brain damage and this low body temperature can also produce an altered level of consciousness (ie coma).
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