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[Recovery from persistent vegetative state of four months or more]

KEITH Andrews1

AUGUST 31, 1994

Lege Artis Medicinae - 1994;4(08)

[A retrospective study was carried out on 43 patients admitted to a ward specifically designed for the rehabilitation of patients with persistent vegetative states after another. Of these, 11 regained consciousness four months or more after brain injury. It was reported that the patients' first reaction to being able to follow with their eyes was between the 4th month and the 3rd year of the condition, while the first reaction to being instructed was between the 4th and the 12th month. Only one patient was unable to communicate, six used non-verbal means to express at least yes and no, four could speak. Six patients required full care, while two became independent in their daily activities. Four patients were able to eat independently, three needed assistance, and four patients required maintenance of gastric tube feeding.]


  1. Director of Medical research services, Royal Hospital and Home, Putney, London



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