The Brain in Post-anoxic Coma: Predicting Outcome

  • G. B. Young


About 40% of patients with cardiac arrest can be resuscitated with restoration of spontaneous circulation and respiration. The overall 1 year survival rate of initially unconscious survivors resuscitated from cardiac arrest has been variably quoted to be between 10 and 25% [1, 2]. Anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is the principal cause of mortality in at least 30–40% of those who die; only 3–10% return to their previous lifestyle, including employment [3]. Under 1% survive in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) [4]. Since primary cardiac arrest is so common, the problems of assessment and management of anoxic-ischemic encephalopathy are of great importance to the intensivist and emergency physician.


Status Epilepticus Epileptiform Activity Median Nerve Stimulation Primary Cardiac Arrest Generalize Convulsive Status Epilepticus 
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