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Posted by: anon | 2009/10/26

induced coma

Dear Doctor, thanks in advance for your response. Following a car accident (i.e. no viral infection) would the only reason for inducing a coma be intracranial hypertension or intracranial pressue? And, if there is intracranial pressure, does this mean there is brain injury?

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Dear Anon
If the patient had a severe bump to the head this can cause swelling of the brain and inducing a coma will keep the patient still and reduce swelling. It could be due to a contusion ( bruising) and is not necessarily due to brain damage. The doctor probably did a brain scan - what did this say?
Dr Bets

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/10/27

Dear Anon
If the patient had a severe bump to the head this can cause swelling of the brain and inducing a coma will keep the patient still and reduce swelling. It could be due to a contusion ( bruising) and is not necessarily due to brain damage. The doctor probably did a brain scan - what did this say?
Dr Bets

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