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EEG findings in the persistent vegetative state.
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PMID:  18090523     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The definition of the persistent vegetative state (PVS) is relatively straightforward, but its diagnosis can be challenging. We reviewed a series of EEG performed in patients with PVS to assess the diagnostic value of EEG. We reviewed records of all hospital patients with a diagnosis of persistent vegetative PVS. EEG findings included normal, continuous generalized slowing, intermittent generalized slowing, background slowing, background suppression, alpha, generalized periodic pattern, PLEDS, and triphasic waves. EEG findings had no association with etiology and varied from one pattern to another in the same patients' EEGs obtained at different times (see table). We conclude that EEG findings in PVS are heterogeneous and too variable to be of diagnostic value.
Vidya P Kulkarni; Kaiwen Lin; Selim R Benbadis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical neurophysiology : official publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0736-0258     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Neurophysiol     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-19     Completed Date:  2008-01-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506708     Medline TA:  J Clin Neurophysiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  433-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL 33606, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Persistent Vegetative State / diagnosis*,  etiology,  physiopathology
Predictive Value of Tests
Reproducibility of Results

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