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Duration of impaired consciousness in relation to side of lesion after severe head injury. NIH Traumatic Coma Data Bank Research Group.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2565474     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relation between hemispheric lateralisation of intracerebral lesion and duration of impaired consciousness was investigated in 43 survivors of severe closed head injury. Duration of impaired consciousness, defined as the time from injury until the obeying of commands, was significantly longer in patients with left hemisphere than right hemisphere lesions. However, the side of intracerebral lesion had no effect on duration of impaired consciousness defined as time from injury until localisation to pain. Use of verbal methods to assess level of consciousness may be responsible for the observation that lesions of the language dominant hemisphere produce greater disturbance of consciousness than similar insults to the right hemisphere.
H S Levin; H E Gary; H M Eisenberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lancet     Volume:  1     ISSN:  0140-6736     ISO Abbreviation:  Lancet     Publication Date:  1989 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-06-06     Completed Date:  1989-06-06     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985213R     Medline TA:  Lancet     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1001-3     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Division of Neurosurgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston 77550.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Coma / etiology*
Craniocerebral Trauma / complications,  pathology*,  radiography
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Multicenter Studies as Topic
National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
Pain / physiopathology
Severity of Illness Index
Time Factors
United States

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