Decisions in Persistent Vegetative State

Eelco F. M Wijdicks and Alejandro A Rabinstein

in Neurocritical Care

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

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199843626
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322855 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Decisions in Persistent Vegetative State

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Early on the diagnosis of a persistent vegetative state and its important long-term implications remains tentative at best. Long-term care of debilitated neurologic patients requires placement of a tracheostomy and percuteous gastrostomy. Timing and indications are discussed in this chapter.

Chapter.  1420 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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