TITLE

Review: Absence of somatosensory-evoked potentials after onset of coma has a high specificity for predicting nonawakening

PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Jan/Feb2004, Vol. 140 Issue 1, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on a study regarding the predictive value of somatosensory evoked potentials for awakening from coma, published in the 2003 issue of the journal "Critical Care Medicine." For this study researchers selected studies if they were published in English and assessed the association between somatosensory evoked potentials and awakening from coma. The data were subsequently rearranged into 4 groups of patients, adults with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, adults with intracranial hemorrhage, adults and adolescents with traumatic brain injury and children and adolescents in a coma for any reason. The study concluded that the absence of somatosensory evoked potentials performed early after onset of hypoxic-ischemic coma has a high specificity for predicting the likelihood of nonawakening.
ACCESSION #
12104567

 

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