Vegetative State

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Vegetative State (Unresponsive Wakefulness Syndrome) Description A vegetative state is when a person is awake but showing no signs of awareness. On recovery from the coma state, VS/UWS is characterised by the return of arousal without signs of awareness. In contrast, a coma is a state that lacks both awareness and wakefulness. Absence of awareness… Read more »

Minimally Conscious State

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Minimally Conscious State Description The minimally conscious state is a defined as¬†severely altered consciousness in which minimal but definite, sustained and/or reproducible¬†behavioral evidence of awareness of self or environment is demonstrated. The person may have periods where they can communicate or respond to commands, such as moving a finger when asked. A person may enter… Read more »

Newsletter Summer 2012

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brainWAVES The Newsletter of the Brain Foundation. Summer 2012 2012 Research Grant Results and Christmas Edition The Directors and Staff of the Brain Foundation would like to sincerely thank our supporters and wish you all the very best for the upcoming holiday season. This year we are glad to announce that we were able to award… Read more »

Locked-in Syndrome (LiS)

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Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) Description Locked-in Syndrome (LiS) is a rare neurological disorder usually resulting from a lesion to a region of the brainstem called the pons, most frequently an ischemic pontine lesion. Additional conditions that can cause locked-in syndrome include infection in certain portions of the brain, tumours, loss of the protective insulation (myelin) that… Read more »

Australian Register of Disorders of Consciousness

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ARDoC   Disorders of Consciousness include Coma, Vegetative State (VS), Minimally Conscious State (MCS) and Locked-in Syndrome (LiS). Many of these damaged patients are unable to communicate yet are fully aware of everything that is going on around them. Because there is no Australian register of patients with disorders of consciousness (DoC) there is scant… Read more »