Evaluation of the comatose fullterm neonate

I. Alfonso, O. Papazian, E. Hernandez

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Coma is differentiated from sleep by the absence of a normal arousal response and from death by the presence of heart beats and the absence of brain death criteria. Most causes of coma are readily diagnosed and treated. Others require a test whose results are not immediately available, transportation or a risky procedure and empirical treatment has to be considered. In addition to treating the cause of coma, treatment of the systemic and neurological causes of secondary brain damage is paramount.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-81
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Pediatrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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