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States related to or confused with coma

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Niall Cartlidge


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Neurologists are increasingly asked to see patients with acute neurological problems, many of whom have disorders of consciousness and awareness. The intensive care unit is a common source of referral of such patients where common questions include: Why isn't the patient waking up? Is the patient going to recover? Is the patient brain dead? The neurologist in training needs to have a clear understanding of the basis of normal consciousness, to be aware of the range of disorders of consciousness, and particularly to be aware of the pitfalls in diagnosis.

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Author(s): Cartlidge N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

Year: 2001

Volume: 71

Issue: s1

Pages: 18-19

ISSN (print): 0022-3050

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Publisher: BMJ Group