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Can memory loss occur during artificial coma?

hi, good afternoon , i would like to ask, actually i have a friend now in artificial coma after a heart seizure , in one of the hospital s n the US , for like almost a month now , it was since dec. 9, and he has not been brought back yet, will there be any memory loss in case the doctors will bring him back? is it our option to bring the patient back or that will depend on other things?
Tue, 10 Sep 2019
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Hello,

We can not determine the brain damage from the heart attack (as it can lead to brain ischemia). He will not remember anything happened during hospitalization and the period of coma, for sure.

Anyway, if after stopping the drugs, he does not gain conscience, this means that he may have had irreversible changes (damages) to his brain.

A brain MRI (functional MRI) and an EEG would help examine his brain function. The problem is much more complicated than just memory. There are a lot of deficits that may occur during brain ischemia.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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