[Cerebral functions in brain-damaged patients. What is meant by coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome and brain death?].

@article{Faymonville2004CerebralFI,
  title={[Cerebral functions in brain-damaged patients. What is meant by coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome and brain death?].},
  author={M. E. Faymonville and K-H Pantke and J. Y. Le Berre and Bernard Sadzot and Martine Ferring and Xavier De Ti{\`e}ge and Nicolas Mavroudakis and Patrick van Bogaert and Bernard C. Lambermont and Pierre Damas and George Franck and M. Lamy and Andr{\'e} Luxen and Gustave Moonen and Serge Goldman and Pierre Maquet and Steven Laureys},
  journal={Der Anaesthesist},
  year={2004},
  volume={53 12},
  pages={1195-202}
}
Comatose, vegetative, minimally conscious or locked-in patients represent a problem in terms of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and everyday management at the intensive care unit. The evaluation of possible cognitive functions in these patients is difficult because voluntary movements may be very small, inconsistent and easily exhausted. Functional neuroimaging cannot replace the clinical assessment of patients with altered states of consciousness. Nevertheless, it can describe objectively how… CONTINUE READING
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