Coma and Disorders of Consciousness

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Caroline Schnakers, Steven Laureys
Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 5, 2012 - Medical - 172 pages
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In spite of medical advances and the increasing number of severely brain-injured patients, the assessment and treatment of patients recovering from coma remain challenging. For over 10 years now, the Coma Science Group has been working on the scientific exploration of disorders of consciousness, with both scientific and clinical research agendas. This book is the result of all this work. The aim is to offer both clinicians and researchers an opportunity to acquire expertise in a field which is constantly developing.

Besides diagnostic, prognostic and ethical issues, this book includes well-established findings on assessment techniques (i.e., behavioral scales, electrophysiological explorations and structural/functional neuroimaging) and treatment procedures, but also techniques under development (i.e., the use of classifiers, brain-computer interfaces, transcranial magnetic stimulation or deep brain stimulation) which will stimulate ideas for future research.

The Coma Science Group presents here a comprehensive book for readers, regardless of whether they are already familiar with the difficult but exciting field of disorders of consciousness.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Behavioral Assessment and Diagnosis of Disorders of Consciousness
1
Chapter 2 Prognosis of Patients with Altered State of Consciousness
11
Chapter 3 Functional Imaging and Impaired Consciousness
25
Chapter 4 Multivariate Pattern Recognition Analysis Brain Decoding
35
Chapter 5 Spectroscopy and Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Disorders of Consciousness
45
Chapter 6 Electrophysiology and Disorders of Consciousness
55
Chapter 7 BrainComputer Interface A Communication Aid?
67
Chapter 8 Using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Measure Cerebral Connectivity in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness
79
Chapter 10 Sensory Stimulation Program
97
Chapter 11 Feasibility of Oral Feeding in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness
105
Chapter 12 Pharmacological Treatments
121
Chapter 13 Deep Brain Stimulation
139
Chapter 14 The Ethics of Managing Disorders of Consciousness
147
Chapter 15 Future Perspectives of Clinical Coma Science
155
Index
163
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Chapter 9 Sleep in Disorders of Consciousness
85

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