In brain-injured patients, a way to measure awareness or its impending return

Posted by on May 26, 2016 4:45 pm
Categories: health

The precise diagnosis and prognosis of recovery of consciousness of patients after a severe brain injury is a challenging clinical task, as some brain-injured patients retain certain levels of awareness despite appearing fully unresponsive. Now, researchers have evidence that measures of the amount of glucose consumed by the brain can predict a person’s current level of awareness, or the likelihood that they will recover awareness within a year.

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