Long-lasting coma

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Abstract

n this report, we describe the case of a patient who has remained in a comatose state for more than one year after a traumatic and hypoxic brain injury. This state, which we refer to as long-lasting coma (LLC), may be a disorder of consciousness with significantly different features from those of conventional coma, the vegeta- tive state, or brain death. On the basis of clinical, neu- rophysiological and neuroimaging data, we hypothe- size that a multilevel involvement of the ascending reticular activating system is required in LLC. This description may be useful for the identification of other patients suffering from this severe disorder of con- sciousness, which raises important ethical issues.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine5
RivistaFunctional Neurology
VolumeFunctional Neurology 2014; 29(3): 1-5
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2014

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Gagliardo, C. (2014). Long-lasting coma. Functional Neurology, Functional Neurology 2014; 29(3): 1-5.