Learn about coma and other disorders of consciousness that may result from a traumatic brain injury or concussion.
What happens to the brain after a severe brain injury that renders a person unconscious or “comatose”? Learn the meaning of other terms that describe patients who have disorders of consciousness: the minimally conscious state, cognitive-motor dissociation, covert consciousness, and unresponsive wakefulness syndrome (vegetative state). Researchers are studying advanced technologies evaluating patients with disorders of consciousness, and there are new U.S. and European guidelines that are helping to standardize care and advance the field of brain injury.
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Get updates on the latest in concussion, brain health, and science-related tools from Dr. Elizabeth Sandel, M.D.