persistent vegetative state


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persistent vegetative state

n
(Medicine) med an irreversible condition, resulting from brain damage, characterized by lack of consciousness, thought, and feeling, although reflex activities (such as breathing) continue. Abbreviation: PVS
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It is estimated around "24,000 people in the UK are in a persistent vegetative state or a minimally conscious state," according to the BBC.
He had surgery to relieve pressure in the brain but remained in a persistent vegetative state until he died.
Typical epileptiform activity is unusual in patients in a Persistent Vegetative State, as is seizure activity [5].
Hartstein's graph, the prognosis for someone who is in PVS 12 months into the accident is that there is a little chance of becoming conscious and a greater chance of dying or remaining in persistent vegetative state in the next seven months.
"He was in a persistent vegetative state." Doctors carried out a windpipe procedure called a tracheostomy, creating an opening in the Dr Lionel neck at the front of the windpipe.
William May, an American Catholic theologian, calls the "persistent vegetative state" a form of deep unconsciousness.
In the sheepfold, the maid extinguishes her harp, puts her fingers in the felt glove Of a persistent vegetative state. LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO is the author of three collections of poetry, A Hunger, The Master Letters, and Trouble in Mind.
The anti-apartheid hero, 94, is still in critical condition but his family deny he is in a "persistent vegetative state".
Court papers say he is in a "persistent vegetative state" - but this is being disputed by the family and South African President Jacob Zuma.
Prof Schwarzbauer said: "The accurate diagnosis of disorders of consciousness such as coma and persistent vegetative state is a major challenge for clinicians.
Note: Unlike brain death, neither a persistent vegetative state nor a neurodevelopmental disability is recognized by statute as death in any legal system in the United States or England.
She is a notch above a persistent vegetative state, which is death by another name.

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