Medical Dictionary: Brain death
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Brain death: Another name for Persistent Vegetative State.
Brain death (condition): Physically alive with basic mental function but without high mental capacity.
A persistent vegetative state,
which sometimes follows a coma, refers to a condition in which individuals
have lost cognitive neurological function and awareness of the environment
but retain noncognitive function and a perserved sleep-wake cycle. It is
sometimes described as when a person is technically alive, but his/her
brain is dead. However, that description is not completely accurate.
More information on medical condition: Persistent Vegetative State:
- Introduction: Persistent Vegetative State
- Basic Summary for Persistent Vegetative State
- Symptoms of Persistent Vegetative State
- Complications of Persistent Vegetative State
- Treatments for Persistent Vegetative State
1. excerpt from NINDS Coma Information Page: NINDS
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