minimally conscious state


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minimally conscious state

A mental state characterised by inconsistent but clearly discernible behavioural evidence of consciousness, such as reaching for and grasping objects, locating sounds and responding to words, etc.

minimally conscious state

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MCS

A severe alteration in consciousness that does not meet the diagnostic criteria for either coma or a persistent vegetative state, in which patients respond to some sounds and unpleasant stimuli and have a sleep-wake cycle but do not attend to their environment consistently.
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Between November 2005 and January 2009, Martin Monti and six other researchers in the United Kingdom and Belgium conducted fMRI brain scans of fifty-four vegetative state and minimally conscious state patients.
Nutrition and hydration for the vegetative state and minimally conscious state patient.
Patients treated with amantadine tended to have more rapid recovery, compared with those treated with placebo, regardless of whether they were diagnosed in a vegetative state or a minimally conscious state at enrollment.
Although the patient is still living in a hospital and is a long way from leading a normal life, the procedure offers hope to other patients in minimally conscious states, says neurosurgeon Rezai.
One cannot diagnose the minimally conscious state or any other severe brain injury by viewing a videotape of a patient.
However, some doctor's hired by the Schindlers had concluded that Terri was instead actually in a minimally conscious state.
The Wendland court's ruling is deeply troubling, reflecting a misapprehension of the medical realities of the minimally conscious state and the legal interests that follow therefrom.
Based on this success, the new MRRI study, which is federally funded, will be conducted over three years and seeks to enroll about 100 patients, from all over the country, who are in a vegetative or minimally conscious state due to brain injury.
Later they agreed he had entered a minimally conscious state.
The patients involved were receiving inpatient rehabilitation and were in a vegetative or minimally conscious state between four and 16 weeks after traumatic brain injury.
In a novel study of six patients ranging in their function from minimally conscious state to the locked-in syndrome (normal cognitive function with severe motor impairment), the researchers looked at how the brains of these patients respond to a set of commands and questions while being scanned with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Robert Wendland recovered to a minimally conscious state several months after a motor vehicle accident.
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