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Coma

A coma is a deep state of unconsciousness. It can occur as a complication of an illness, exposure to a drug, alcohol, or toxin, or as a result of injuries, such as head trauma. A coma is a medical emergency.

People in a coma generally recover but some don't. It can be very difficult to predict recovery when a person is in a coma. Sometimes a coma is followed by a persistent vegetative state.

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Brain Foundation | Coma

Coma Coma (See also Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke) Description Coma is a state of unconsciousness in which a patient does not react with the surrounding environment

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Australian Organ Donor Register

The only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death.

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Australian Organ Donor Register

The only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death.

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Ketoacidosis: a complication of diabetes - myDr.com.au

Ketoacidosis is the accumulation of ketone bodies (ketones) in the blood. Untreated ketoacidosis can be fatal.

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Brain Foundation | Minimally Conscious State

Minimally Conscious State Minimally Conscious State Description The minimally conscious state is a defined asseverely altered consciousness in which minimal but definite, sustained and/or reproduciblebehavioral evidence of awareness of self or environment is demonstrated

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Brain Foundation | Vegetative State

Vegetative State Vegetative State (Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome) Description A vegetative state is when a person is awake but showing no signs of awareness

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Ammonia - Lab Tests Online AU

To detect elevated levels of ammonia in the blood, to evaluate changes in consciousness, or to help diagnose hepatic encephalopathy and inborn errors of metabolism e.g. errors in the synthesis of urea.

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NSW Health - Don't let drugs use you

Find out all the information on using GHB.

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Brain Foundation | Locked-in Syndrome (LiS)

Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) Description Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) is a rare neurological disorder usually resulting from a lesion to a region of the brainstem called the pons, most frequently an ischemic pontine lesion

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Lead poisoning - Lab Tests Online AU

Lead poisoning is a preventable condition that results from environmental exposure to lead. This exposure can result in permanent health damage, especially among children.

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