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What the doctors do after someone wakes up from a coma?

By Anonymous September 10, 2014 - 7:32pm
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After more/less a month and some days in coma (after a bus accident), which would be the exams made and why? For how long the person would remain in the hospital? There would be need to come back for more exams? Which would be the possible results of being in a coma this long? Would she necessarily have memory loss or forget somethings she learned? How would be the physiotherapy? For how long and what would be some of the exercises?

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Hi Anon

Thank you for your question! 

The answer would depend on the individual case of the person involved. 

There would likely be brain scans to check for damage and body scans to check for breaks, fractures, any kind of lung damage - if this has not been done already.

When coming out of a coma, doctors will want to see if a person can squeeze something, move a leg or maintain eye contact with an object as it moves. These motions can help to evaluate injuries, including brain and spinal injuries. 

As a result of being in a coma, a person can be slow to move, slow to make eye contact or follow something like a pencil moving and may even take some time to realize where they are and what happened to them (memory loss is also possible). 

Whether they need further testing will depend on their injuries. 

Physical therapy and it's length again will depend on the kinds of injuries sustained. 

Because each case will be evaluated on it's own merit, doctors will be able to tell you (and her) what her treatment plan is. 

We wish your loved one the best. 


September 11, 2014 - 4:35am
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