After the diagnosis of persistent vegetative status

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After the diagnosis of persistent vegetative status (PVS) has been confirmed (this must be done using the results of expert neurological evaluation and diagnosis) in a patient, the attending physician is responsible for discussing the PVS or the chances of recovery with the patient’s relatives or legal guardian. The American Academy of Neurology states that of the adults in a persistent vegetative state for three months after brain trauma, 35 percent will die within a year after the injury. Another 30 percent will go into a permanent vegetative state, 19 percent will recover with severe disabilities, and 16 percent will recover with a moderate or minimal disability. If they remain in a persistent vegetative state for six months, 32 percent will die, 52 percent will go on to a permanent vegetative state, 12 percent will recover with severe disabilities, and 4 percent will recover with moderate or minimal disability. Nontraumatic brain
FINAL PROJECT II: TERRY SCHIAVO3damage markedly decreases the chance of any recovery. After such patients have been in PVS three months, only 6 percent will recover with severe disabilities and 1 percent will recover with a moderate or minimal disability. After six months, no adults who remain in that state recover (Neurology). Terri lasting as long as she did was rare.

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