1 in 4 patients in vegetative states following server head trauma regained orientation, meaning they were able to recall who they were, their location, and the date, 12 months after their injury.
A simple smell test could help doctors to identify which patients in a vegetative state will recover. 100% of patients in a vegetative state who reacted to the sniff test went on to regain consciousness. 91% of those were still alive three years post-injury.
Researchers have been able to restore consciousness to a patient who has been in a vegetative state for 15 years. The groundbreaking study utilized vagus nerve stimulation to help restore consciousness to the patient.
Zolpidem, a medication commonly prescribed for insomnia, appear to be effective in helping to restore a conscious state in some patients who were in comas or vegetative state.
Researchers document the restoration of communication in a minimally conscious patient by measuring brain function before and after communication returned.
Craniectomies following traumatic head injuries can help reduce the risk of death due to brain swelling, a new study reports.
Researchers have developed a new, non-invasive technique that could be used to treat patients with consciousness disorders.
Researchers report EEG systems could be useful tools in assessing the levels of awareness in patients in a vegetative state.
Researchers have discovered a new method that can predict a person's current level of awareness and whether they will recover awareness within a year of a TBI.
A new study reports those with impaired consciouness disorders show uncontrolled communication between two brain networks.