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Coma and related disorders
Charland-Verville, Vanessa; Habbal, Dina; Laureys, Steven et al.
2012In Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie, 163 (8), p. 265-272
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Keywords :
review; disorders of consciousness; behavioral assessment; neuroimaging; treatment; ethical issues
Abstract :
[en] Disorders of consciousness represent a major challenge in clinical practice. The last decade of neuroscience research brought new insights about brain function and neural correlates of these pathological states of consciousness. Although behavioural evaluation still remains the gold standard, conscious behaviours are too often missed, leading to unwanted grey zones between conscious and unconscious patients. In order to increase the chances of detecting the signs of consciousness, scientists now focus on the development and validation of neuroimaging and electrophysiological paradigms in noncommunicative patients. Recent insights in this field also raise new questions of medical ethics. Indeed, for conscious patients, legal questions will occur about treatment plans, rehabilitation and communication strategies while for the unconscious patients, end-of-life decisions will take place after the patients’ condition is stated as “permanent” or “irreversible”.
Research center :
GIGA CRC (Cyclotron Research Center) In vivo Imaging-Aging & Memory - ULiège
Disciplines :
Neurology
Author, co-author :
Charland-Verville, Vanessa ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Habbal, Dina;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Laureys, Steven  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Gosseries, Olivia  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Centre de recherches du cyclotron
Language :
English
Title :
Coma and related disorders
Publication date :
2012
Journal title :
Schweizer Archiv für Neurologie und Psychiatrie
ISSN :
0258-7661
eISSN :
1661-3686
Publisher :
EMH Swiss Medical Publishers, Muttenz, Switzerland
Volume :
163
Issue :
8
Pages :
265-272
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Funders :
F.R.S.-FNRS - Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique [BE]
Fonds Léon Fredericq [BE]
JSMF - James S McDonnell Foundation [US-MO] [US-MO]
MSF - Mind Science Foundation [US-TX] [US-TX]
European Commission (Mindbridge, DISCOS, DECODER & COST)
Concerted Research Action (ARC 06/11-340)
Public Utility Foundation “Université Européenne du Travail” and “Fondazione Europea di Ricerca Biomedica”
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