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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Research in the main databases: PubMed, PEDro, Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition was made using specified keywords (music therapy, vegetative state, unresponsive wakefulness syndrome, minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome and similar), inclusion and exclusion criteria (Table 1).
The prevalence of patients in a vegetative state and minimally conscious state in nursing homes in Austria.
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.
It set out to determine if amantadine given in a dose of 200-400 mg/day would improve functional recovery from posttraumatic vegetative state or minimally conscious state and if the gains in function persisted after the drug was discontinued.
In the minimally conscious state a patient exhibits deliberate, or cognitively mediated, behaviour consistently enough to be distinguished from the entirely unconscious, reflexive responses that are seen in the PVS.
A man who spent 6 years in a minimally conscious state regained the ability to talk, eat, and move after doctors implanted electrodes deep in his brain.
David Dahl stated that patients in a persistent vegetative state or a minimally conscious state "should have all artificial means removed so that they can complete the death process" ("Schiavo Case Shows Need for Clarity," Guest Editorial, June 1, 2005, p.
Orsi draws a distinction between someone suffering a terminal illness and those in a persistent vegetative or minimally conscious state.
Many people in a minimally conscious state can form an answer of some sort, whether it is with yes/no answers, blinking their eyes or making hand gestures.
Schiavo's parents have hired their own physicians, who assert that she is in a minimally conscious state, and might recover some function with rehabilitation therapy.
They have hired their own physicians who assert that she is in a minimally conscious state, and might recover some function with rehabilitation therapy.
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