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Coma: reversible causes

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By Jason Mann No BS pulmonary critical care fellow
Jonathan A Edlow, Alejandro Rabinstein, Stephen J Traub, Eelco F M Wijdicks
Because coma has many causes, physicians must develop a structured, algorithmic approach to diagnose and treat reversible causes rapidly. The three main mechanisms of coma are structural brain lesions, diffuse neuronal dysfunction, and, rarely, psychiatric causes. The first priority is to stabilise the patient by treatment of life-threatening conditions, then to use the history, physical examination, and laboratory findings to identify structural causes and diagnose treatable disorders. Some patients have a clear diagnosis...
December 6, 2014: Lancet
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