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Coma and Other States of Altered Awareness in the Intensive Care Unit

Eelco F. M. Wijdicks

in Neurologic Complications of Critical Illness

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9780195371093
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195371093.003.0001

Series: Contemporary Neurology Series

Coma and Other States of Altered Awareness in the Intensive Care Unit

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In this chapter, the clinical diagnosis of altered states of consciousness in critical illness is discussed, but it also juxtaposes coma with other types of acute disturbances of attention. This chapter mainly focuses on classification and recognition. Pathways to elucidate the underlying cause of coma and attention disorders in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and management options are discussed in Chapter 22.

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Subjects: Neurology

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