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Neurophysiological assessment of alpha pattern coma.
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PMID:  7354359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Somatosensory evoked potentials, blink reflexes, and H wave reflexes, were recorded on several days from three patients with alpha pattern coma. Coma was secondary to cardiac arrest in two cases and to brainstem infarction in one. Results are compatible with damage to the brainstem reticular formation with sparing of thalamo-cortical circuits as the main physiopathological characteristic of alpha pattern coma. This condition should not be regarded as a discrete entity when establishing the prognosis of patients in coma, since they only differ from other patients in coma from the point view of the EEG record.
J A Obeso; M I Iragui; J F Marti-Masso; E Maravi; J M Teijeira; N Carrera; J Teijeria
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  1980 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-04-23     Completed Date:  1980-04-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Alpha Rhythm*
Cerebral Infarction / physiopathology
Coma / physiopathology*
Evoked Potentials
Heart Arrest / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / physiopathology
Pons / physiopathology
Reflex / physiology
Somatosensory Cortex / physiopathology
Tegmentum Mesencephali / physiopathology

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