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Here is a quick mnemonic “COMA PROGNOSIS to remember about Coma Prognosis

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Coma Prognosis : How To Remember Easily ?

  • C – Children and young adults may have ominous early clinical findings, yet recover.
  • O – Outside of brain death, early prognostication is unwise.
  • M – Metabolic comas have a better prognosis than traumatic ones.
  • A – Approximations should be taken for estimating prognosis in adults.
  • P – Prognostic information can be collected using the Glasgow Coma Scale.
  • R – Responses after 1 day, 3 days, and 1 week have predictive value in anoxic coma.
  • O – Some prediction rules are less reliable in the setting of therapeutic hypothermia.
  • G – General medical condition and underlying systemic disease should be considered in prognosis.
  • N – No cortical responses in somatosensory evoked potentials indicate a poor outcome.
  • O – Outcome in persistent vegetative and minimally conscious states is poor.
  • S – Small number of patients display cortical activation on functional MRI.
  • I – Individuals with traumatic brain injury can activate their frontal or temporal lobes.
  • S – Some patients with brain injury show EEG activation in response to motor commands.


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