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Prognosis of Persistent Vegetative State

Prognosis for Persistent Vegetative State: The outcome for coma and vegetative state depends on the cause and on the location, severity, and extent of neurological damage: outcomes range from recovery to death. People may emerge from a coma with a combination of physical, intellectual, and psychological difficulties that need special attention. Recovery usually occurs gradually, with patients acquiring more and more ability to respond. Some patients never progress beyond very basic responses, but many recover full awareness. Patients recovering from coma require close medical supervision. A coma rarely lasts more than 2 to 4 weeks. Some patients may regain a degree of awareness after vegetative state. Others may remain in a vegetative state for years or even decades. The most common cause of death for a person in a vegetative state is infection such as pneumonia. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Coma Information Page: NINDS) ...see also Overview of Persistent Vegetative State

Complications:

Complications of Persistent Vegetative State may include:

Complications of Persistent Vegetative State from the Diseases Database include:


Source: Diseases Database

See also complications of Persistent Vegetative State.

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About prognosis:

The 'prognosis' of Persistent Vegetative State usually refers to the likely outcome of Persistent Vegetative State. The prognosis of Persistent Vegetative State may include the duration of Persistent Vegetative State, chances of complications of Persistent Vegetative State, probable outcomes, prospects for recovery, recovery period for Persistent Vegetative State, survival rates, death rates, and other outcome possibilities in the overall prognosis of Persistent Vegetative State. Naturally, such forecast issues are by their nature unpredictable.

 

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