Chronic disorders of consciousness

@article{Bernat2006ChronicDO,
  title={Chronic disorders of consciousness},
  author={James L. Bernat},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2006},
  volume={367},
  pages={1181-1192}
}
The vegetative state and the minimally conscious state are disorders of consciousness that can be acute and reversible or chronic and irreversible. Diffuse lesions of the thalami, cortical neurons, or the white-matter tracts that connect them cause the vegetative state, which is wakefulness without awareness. Functional imaging with PET and functional MRI shows activation of primary cortical areas with stimulation, but not of secondary areas or distributed neural networks that would indicate… CONTINUE READING
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