Brain Activity Durning A Coma By, Grace

A coma is when low level of neuronal activity and metabolism. There are about three types of comas. The first one is coma but it's an early stage. The second is deep coma and that's when you're in a deep sleep but not brain dead. The third stage of a coma is pontine hippocampal theta generator and that's the deepest stage of a coma. But every stage is different and has different effects on the human body and brain.

In America there are over 1,250,000 visits per year and that not even including those who are hospitalized. The difference from a coma and a concussion? Is that a coma is a very serious thing that can cause brain damage. In some cases patients don't ever wake up. But when you have a concussion your awake during it till you recover from the concussion.

One case was when this man lived in Minnesota and it was very icy, he just got done grocery shopping. He was bringing things inside, and he slipped and fell on his front stairs broke his arm, and cracked his skull open. But nobody found him till his wife got home so he also got hyperthermia. When he got to the hospital he go put on life support. The doctors said he was in a deep coma. He never woke up. That's how serious comas are. One slip and fall to the head can change your life forever.

When in a coma your brain activity can become very depressed. Which means that it's basically the same type of depression as when you're awake. But when sleeping your brain tells itself to be sad because you are doing nothing and feel like you have no one there. The doctors can diagnose that statement with MRI’s and CT scan. There are many ways to tell what you’re brain activity is or what's its doing.

In the 1950’s there was cases of doctors would do tests to help people to wake up from a coma faster. The doctors would inject high doses of atropine abolish in some parts of the brain. To this day the doctors aren't sure if it will work for everyone but, have worked in some cases. The doctors claim that it's not a clear treatment. This type of treatment might benefit the patient in the long run.

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