Persistent Vegetative State

Following a severe brain insult, usually traumatic or anoxic, the comatose patient with a relatively intact brain stem usually begins to show the signs of the vegetative state discussed earlier.y The prognosis for further recovery to at least the level of ability to understand and follow commands varies with the mechanism of injury and with the age of the patient. In general, patients who remain in a vegetative state 3 months after an anoxic injury are expected to persist in that state indefinitely. Patients in a vegetative state at the time of hospital discharge after head trauma have an almost 50-percent likelihood of some further recovery over the next 12 months, and a small number regain consciousness between 12 and 36 months. However, the prognosis for functional recovery, in the form of returning to work or to school, is much worse. Although about one third of trauma patients younger than 30 years of age who awaken after prolonged vegetative state meet these goals, only some patients older than 30 years of age do so.

Alcohol No More

Alcohol No More

Do you love a drink from time to time? A lot of us do, often when socializing with acquaintances and loved ones. Drinking may be beneficial or harmful, depending upon your age and health status, and, naturally, how much you drink.

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