Induced coma

What is Induced coma?

This is a condition where a controlled dose of thiopental or phenobarbitol is given to induce a coma-like condition. It differs from anaesthesia and sedation. The brain is given a period of rest to tide over swelling or edema of brain in trauma and other disorders of brain.

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hi, my husband recently underwent a a a opperation he has asthma but before he could control it but it seems now he is getting short of breath from the slightest movement, i,m wondering if when he was in the induced coma that his lungs were affected in some way

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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is possible that one of the medications would have caused irritation of the airway but this should not be long term reaction and would have last normally only a few days.

It would be best for him to be assessed by his doctor to determine if the shortness...

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Why are people put into an induced coma after a heart attack?
My friend is 54 yrs old and had a heart attack last night. All I know is that she is in an induced coma and they are going to bring her out of it tonight to see how much damage has been done

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This is to slow the metabolism so the body can have a chance to heal when it is not forced to use so much energy.

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My mother in law suffered a cardiac arrest and stopped breating; in route to the hospital she had to be revived again, subsequently she was put in a induced coma, after 24 hours the reversal has been very slow what should we look for during the next 72 hours

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Hi,

They will keep her in induced coma to prevent brain damage, but the outcome is difficult to predict. You should be patient and wait, if she is stable in 24 hours, then chances for recovery are better.

Take care

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My sister has MRSA and was put into an induced coma for 5 days. Today they take her off of all anesthesia but she did not wake up. What are the chances she will wake up in a day or few days. They did a brain scan and everything is ok - no reason why she won't wake up.

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HI
Well come to HCM
If this is deep seated coma then to know the exact prognosis neurological score is must and other general condition the underlying cause of coma which anesthetic agent being given to patient, the over all condition demands these, in my opinion better have a word with doctor,...

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A family member recently suffered a brain aneurysm. He is in an induced coma and we do not feel confident that we are getting the best possible diagnosis on his condition. We would like a second opinion, and would like it from someone who is not affiliated with the hospital he is being treated at. Can we have a 3rd party give us a second opinion. We are willing to pay for this, we just want to make sure we have exhausted every option and know 1000% that we are making the right decision. Are there doctors in the Chicagoland area that can do a 3rd party second opinion? Or can we request a transfer. Another issue we are having is insurance. His medicaid is pending so we are not sure how that will affect transfer, if a transfer is even possible. He is obviously at the closest hospital to his house but we would prefer him to be at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago as they are ranked # 1 in Illinois and #7 Nationally in brain trauma. We just want him to get the best care possible. They are saying there is to much damage to the brain stem, but we have noticed signs of him understanding us. His daughter asked him to squeeze her hand twice and he did. There was also a time when a estranged family member came into the room, and when he started talking his blood pressure went from 125 to 175 within in seconds, then when he left the room it went back to normal. These could be coincidental signs but we do not feel that way. He is also in an induced coma and when the try to take him out his blood pressure goes up. We also do not understand how they can make a determination on diagnosis if they are still draining from the initial aneurysm. We feel that all the blood should be completely drained and all swelling subsided before any final decisions are made. They are suggesting he will never recover but will not say for sure that he will not recover and want to do an opiate overdose on him. We want to make sure there is NO chance he will recover before we even start the decision process on what our next step is.

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Hi. brain aneurysms cause subarachnoid hemorrhage and brain edema.

Treatment depends on Glassgow coma scale of patient and size and location of aneurysm.

If GCS more than 7 pupils are reactive , then angiography is advised .

2 options in treatment are Coiling vs clipping .

As your patient is...

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My mother in law suffered a heart attack or cardiac arrest this afternoon. She as been put into an induced coma and they hope to bring her out in 24/48 hours. She is 75 years old and apparently has a heart murmor which we weren't aware of ( although she was). I know a generic question but what are her chances?

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Hi,
I read your query and understood your question.
The overall mortality after a heart attack is 25%, which increase in cases of cardiogenic shock (75-80%).
So the best thing to do is to treat the heart in order to avoid cardiogenic shock (this is the reason of induced coma).
I hope that...

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I have a family member who was placed in a drug induced coma on 12/27/11 for refractory status epilepticus. The drugs were stopped around 1/5/12 and he remains in a coma. How long should this last? Is the coma being caused by brain damage if he hasn t awakened at this point?

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my friend has contracted sepsis and is in an induced coma , how long will they keep in the coma?

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Legs have been deprived if oxygen during induced coma due to overdose of prescription drugs. now have this condition where blister like lesions appear and open . It cleared up with silverdeen and wrapping but it is now back again,it completely...

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My sister had a stroke 2 years ago and lost her speech. On friday she was in hospital for a replacement knee op. After the op she was in recovery and had a heart attack. They have put her in an induced coma and are bringing her around today, how long does it usually take please. She had Spinal Aneasthetic and was fine after op having a cup of tea

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My friend had a Heart Attack. All I know from talking to his wife is that they did not perform any surgery, and that his heart stopped beating for about 10 minutes before any attempt to resuscitate could be made. He is in a "self-induced coma" on life support and they are starting a process to turn the life support down to see if the body reacts or starts to show signs of taking over. My questions are: What is the potential for brain damage?; and Is a recovery possible?

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My partner had a left brain stroke in November of 2013. He also has had seizures, undetermined if they happened prior to stroke or post. He began a vast improvement the first of March. Nursing home failed to administer the seizure meds for three days. He is now in drug induced coma trying to stop them. He also has cirrhosis but his ammonia level is good. What can be done to stop this.

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