Coma

What is coma?

A coma is an extended period of unconsciousness. A coma rarely lasts longer than several weeks, but a prolonged coma can become a persistent vegetative state.

Causes of coma

Comas can result from a variety of causes, including head injuries, strokes, traumatic head injury, brain tumor, drugs or alcohol, or an underlying illness, such as diabetes or an infection.

Symptoms of coma

The primary symptom of coma is prolonged unconsciousness.

Treatments

Treatment of movement disorders

Treating a coma starts with identifying the cause of it. Physicians normally order blood tests and computed tomography (CT) scans to identify what's causing the coma. Further treatment options vary, depending on the cause of the coma.

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Treatments for Coma

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Symptoms and Screenings for Coma

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Causes and Preventions for Coma

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Education and Resources for Coma

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Support groups for Coma

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