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Coma Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Coma. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. A history can be obtained from relatives, friends, witnesses and ambulance officers
  2. When did the comatose state start?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  3. What was the setting in which the person was found?
  4. Recent head injury?

    Why: e.g. car accident - may suggest subdural or extradural haematoma or intracerebral hemorrhage.

  5. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. diabetes, hypothyroidism, hepatic failure, renal failure, heart arrhythmias, epilepsy, Addison's disease, high blood pressure, lung disease.

  6. If patient is diabetic

    Why: do they have insulin injections, have they had a recent infection, have they been eating properly? - may indicate risk of hypoglycemia or hyperglycemic ketoacidotic coma or hyperglycemic hyperosmolar non- ketotic coma.

  7. Past psychiatric illness?

    Why: e.g. depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder - may indicate increased risk of suicide attempt by overdose, carbon monoxide poisoning or other poisoning.

  8. Recent stress or personal problems?

    Why: may suggest increased risk of suicide attempt.

  9. Medications?

    Why: overdose of prescribed medication may be the cause e.g. tranquilizers, antidepressants, pain relief medications such as morphine.

  10. Illegal drug history?

    Why: may suggest drug overdose as cause of collapse e.g. heroin, amphetamines; may also be drug withdrawal e.g. benzodiazepines.

  11. Alcohol history?

    Why: may suggest acute alcohol intoxication, alcohol withdrawal or hepatic failure as cause.

  12. Fever?

    Why: suggests severe infection and shock as cause of coma e.g. meningitis, encephalitis, septicemia, pelvic inflammatory disease, aspiration pneumonia, urinary tract infection, peritonitis, pancreatitis.

  13. Shortness of breath?

    Why: may suggest pulmonary embolism, pneumonia or tension pneumothorax.

  14. Seizure activity?

    Why: e.g. twitching of limbs, incontinence of urine or feces - may suggest epilepsy, brain cancer, meningitis, stroke, hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia.

  15. Headache?

    Why: may suggest subarachnoid hemorrhage (sudden severe headache), brain tumor, meningitis, encephalitis.

  16. Palpitations?

    Why: may suggest complete heart block, sick sinus syndrome, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation all which may cause collapse.

  17. Symptoms of stroke?

    Why: e.g. weakness of limbs, problems with speech or swallowing.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Coma:

The following list of conditions have 'Coma' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Coma:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Coma' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.


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