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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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