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Brain Damage, Brain Repair$
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James W. Fawcett, Anne E. Rosser, and Stephen B. Dunnett

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198523376

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523376.001.0001

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Coma

Coma

With Barbara Wilson

Chapter:
(p.217) 16 Coma
Source:
Brain Damage, Brain Repair
Author(s):

James W. Fawcett

Anne E. Rosser

Stephen B. Dunnett

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198523376.003.0016

Coma accounts for approximately 3% of emergency hospital admissions, with causes ranging from the potentially treatable, such as epilepsy and certain drug overdoses, to severe trauma and vascular insults, which will be fatal or leave the patient with irreversible brain damage. However, coma can be regarded as a potentially dangerous condition with a fatal outcome in a high proportion of patients. Accurate assessment is important for institution of the most appropriate therapy.

Keywords:   coma, drug overdoses, epilepsy, trauma, brain damage, therapy

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