Chapter 8. Alpha Coma

  1. Peter W. Kaplan MB, FRCP1 and
  2. Thien Nguyen MD, PhD2

Published Online: 4 SEP 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444322972.ch8

Clinical Electrophysiology

Clinical Electrophysiology

How to Cite

Kaplan, P. W. and Nguyen, T. (2010) Alpha Coma, in Clinical Electrophysiology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444322972.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, MA, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Neurology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405185295

Online ISBN: 9781444322972

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Keywords:

  • Alpha coma;
  • Clinical Correlation - brainstem reflexes-pupil reactions, gag, spontaneous breathing-are often present in alpha coma;
  • Etiology - frequently reported after CRA;
  • Ancillary Testing - CT/MRI might show laminar necrosis;
  • somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP);
  • Alpha frequency patterns (AFPs);
  • Prognosis - all patients without EEG reactivity die

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Clinical Correlation

  • Etiology

  • Clinical Evaluation

  • Ancillary Testing

  • Differential Diagnosis

  • Prognosis

  • Treatment

  • References