Posted by: marike | 2009-09-16

Brain death research

can you please tell me as descriptive as possible what are the chances of someone recovering from a coma after they have been declared brain dead but all the organs are still functioning correctly with the help of intravenous feeding. The patient is not on any life support apparatus but gets these feedings. the doctors have declared him brain dead. Any chance of recovery?

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Hallo Marike
The diagnosis of Brain death is made if there are no signs of electrical activity of the brain, and the patient must also not be hypothermic or on drugs that could induce coma. The term brain death is defined as "irreversible unconsciousness with complete loss of brain function," including the brain stem, although the heartbeat and breathing may continue. Factors in diagnosing brain death include irreversible cessation of brain function as demonstrated by 2 flat EEG's 24 hours apart, fixed and dilated pupils, lack of eye movement, absence of respiratory reflexes (apnea), and unresponsiveness to painful stimuli. The patient will not be able to recover from this.
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