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What sort of disease is a coma?

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Dr. Alan Jacobs
Neurology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Multifactorial

Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness.
It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic . Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause.

In brief: Multifactorial

Coma means unarousable unresponsiveness.
It is caused by injury to both cerebral hemispheres or the central brain stem or both. The cause is either traumatic or non traumatic . Non traumatic causes are many - anoxic/ischemic, metabolic, endocrine, infectious, degenerative, etc. It is a clinical term with many disease types as cause.
Dr. Alan Jacobs
Dr. Alan Jacobs
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Dr. Glen Kelley
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Brain dysfunction

Coma is the term used to describe a person's level of consciousness, or awareness.
It is not a disease itself. A coma state can be caused by injury, disease, chemicals, or temporary lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. If a person lost consciousness and did not "wake up", they would be described as being in a coma. A coma can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause and severity.

In brief: Brain dysfunction

Coma is the term used to describe a person's level of consciousness, or awareness.
It is not a disease itself. A coma state can be caused by injury, disease, chemicals, or temporary lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain. If a person lost consciousness and did not "wake up", they would be described as being in a coma. A coma can be temporary or permanent, depending on the cause and severity.
Dr. Glen Kelley
Dr. Glen Kelley
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