TITLE

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

AUTHOR(S)
O'Connor, Paul
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." The study showed that the absence of somatosensory evoked potentials after the onset of coma was associated with a very poor prognosis. The likelihood of waking up is largely determined by the cause of the coma. Brain hemorrhage and anoxia are associated with the worst prognosis. A critical issue that is not discussed in this study but is of great practical interest to clinicians relates to the incremental value of the prognostic information supplied by somatosensory evoked potentials performance.
ACCESSION #
12104568

 

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