Treatments for Coma


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Treatments of Coma discussion: Once the patient is out of immediate danger, although still in coma or vegetative state, the medical care team will concentrate on preventing infections and maintaining the patient's physical state as much as possible. Such maintenance includes preventing pneumonia and bed sores and providing balanced nutrition. Physical therapy may also be used to prevent contractures (permanent muscular contractions) and orthopedic deformities that would limit recovery for the patients who emerge from coma. 1

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1. excerpt from NINDS Coma Information Page: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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