The minimally conscious state: Definition and diagnostic criteria

@article{Giacino2002TheMC,
  title={The minimally conscious state: Definition and diagnostic criteria},
  author={Joseph T. Giacino and Stephen Ashwal and Nancy L. Childs and Ronald E. Cranford and Bryan Jennett and Douglas I. Katz and James P. Kelly and Jay H. Rosenberg and John Whyte and Ross D. Zafonte and Nathan Zasler},
  journal={Neurology},
  year={2002},
  volume={58},
  pages={349-353}
}
ObjectiveTo establish consensus recommendations among health care specialties for defining and establishing diagnostic criteria for the minimally conscious state (MCS). BackgroundThere is a subgroup of patients with severe alteration in consciousness who do not meet diagnostic criteria for coma or the vegetative state (VS). These patients demonstrate inconsistent but discernible evidence of consciousness. It is important to distinguish patients in MCS from those in coma and VS because… 
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