Locked-in or Comatose? Clinical Dilemma in Acute Pontine Infarct

November 2008
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Nov2008, Vol. 83 Issue 11, p1197
Academic Journal
The article discusses a medical case of a 50-year-old man who suffered an acute onset of dysarthria and tetraparesis. The patient's neurologic examination reveals spontaneous ocular bobbing, pinpoint pupils with normal light response and extensor posturing. Thus, the electroencephalography showed that the patient is in the state of comatose whereby patients with locked-in syndrome have similar findings on neuroimaging studies.


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