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What is the expected life span of a person in coma?

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Dr. Ajay Panwar

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Posted on Wed, 7 Oct 2015 in Brain and Spine
Question: How long can a patient in XXXXXXX hospice care live? 2 days ago she was taken to emergency/intensive care for high blood pressure caused hemorraghic stroke on half of brain, is now in a coma, with labored breathing and 83yr old. with IV saline solution only given with dilated and Ativan told to help her breath.

Blood Pressure 128/59
HR 108
O2 Sat 84
Temp 99
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Answered by Dr. Ajay Panwar 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Possibly a few days/Sometimes for long

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX,
Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com.
I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query.

In usual clinical scenario,a person who is in coma with a large intracerebral bleed is not expected to survive for long.Possibly a few days.
However,rarely patient may survive with persistent comatose state for long,even for months.
In rare circumstances,a patient may recover from comatose state,to some extent.

If you have any further questions,I shall be glad to have you in follow-up.

Regards
Dr.Ajay Panwar,
MD,DM(Neurology)
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