Minimally Conscious State vs Persistent Vegetative State: The Case of Terry (Wallis) vs the Case of Terri (Schiavo)

Wijdicks, Eelco F. M.
September 2006
Mayo Clinic Proceedings;Sep2006, Vol. 81 Issue 9, p1155
Academic Journal
The article discusses the two states of comatose, namely the minimally conscious state (MCS) and the persistent vegetative state (PVS) as related to the case of Terry Wallis and Terri Schiavo. A patient who displays little effective communication and a major physical cognitive handicap is in MCS. On the other hand, a patient who open their eyes but fail to focus or track objects is in PVS.


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