Acta Neurologica Belgica

, Volume 115, Issue 4, pp 771–772 | Cite as

The use of hypnosis in severe brain injury rehabilitation: a case report

  • Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse
  • Steven Laureys
  • Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville
Letter to the Editor


Rehabilitation in patients with severe brain injury remains a complex and challenging task. Published data about neurorehabilitative treatments are still insufficient to make clear recommendations. This report presents the case of a patient with severe brain injury for whom hypnosis was proposed as part of his rehabilitation treatment program.

Case report

A 50-year-old man suffered a severe cerebral hemorrhage. He showed a Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS [1])score of 8 (E4VtM3) at the emergency department. Brain CT scan showed left capsule-lenticular hemorrhage. Electroencephalogram showed slowing of basic rhythms with left lateralization. The patient was tracheotomized, received gastric feeding, and a shunt was placed to relieve secondary hydrocephaly. After 22 days, he left the intensive care unit with a GCS of 10 (E4VtM5). Two months post-injury, the patient was transferred to a rehabilitation center with the observation of “spontaneous eyes opening and arousal.” Seven months...


Rehabilitation Brain injury  Clinical case  Hypnosis 



This research was funded by the Belgian National Funds for Scientific Research (FRS), the European Commission, Fonds Léon Fredericq, the James McDonnell Foundation, the Mind Science Foundation, “Fondazione Europea di Ricerca Biomedica” and the University and University Hospital of Liège.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical standard

The study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Medical School of the University of Liège.


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© Belgian Neurological Society 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Audrey Vanhaudenhuyse
    • 1
  • Steven Laureys
    • 2
  • Marie-Elisabeth Faymonville
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Algology-Palliative Care, University Hospital of LiègeUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium
  2. 2.Coma Science Group, Cyclotron Research CenterUniversity of LiègeLiègeBelgium

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