Chronic "brain death": meta-analysis and conceptual consequences.

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OBJECTIVE One rationale for equating "brain death" (BD) with death is that it reduces the body to a mere collection of organs, as evidenced by purported imminence of asystole despite maximal therapy. To test this hypothesis, cases of prolonged survival were collected and examined for factors influencing survival capacity. METHODS Formal diagnosis of BD… (More)

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