Coma - Anna Gomenyuk Psychology 101 Eyes Open Brain Shut...

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Anna Gomenyuk Psychology 101 February 25, 2011 Eyes Open, Brain Shut Section 1 (Summary): Acute brain damage can cause a range of problems. If the damage is severe enough, a person can go into a coma. Comas can have different outcomes. Usually a coma will last no longer than two to five weeks. People who reattain consciousness do so after several days. Sometimes, comas can lead to death and other times it can put patients in a vegetative state. In a vegetative state, the person is awake yet unconscious and can only make reflexive movements. They usually regain their consciousness in the first month. However, if after a month there is no change then the patient is in a persistent vegetative state (PVS). The chances of recovery are close to zero after a year and the individual is then in a permanent vegetative state. Patients who do recover from the vegetative state are in a minimally conscious state. Consciousness is minimal and appears gradually. They start making no reflexive movements, but still cannot communicate or express
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Community College of Philadelphia.

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