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Disorders of consciousness

A disorder of consciousness, or impaired conciousness, is a state where consciousness is affected by an injury to the brain.
Features of disorders of consciousness
A vegetative state means that damage to the brain has affected complex brain functions, but more basic functions are maintained.
Causes of disorders of consciousness
Disorders of consciousness can occur if the parts of the brain responsible for consciousness are injured or damaged.
Diagnosing disorders of consciousness
It takes extensive testing to assess levels of wakefulness and awareness before a disorder of consciousness can be confirmed.
Treating disorders of consciousness
Treatment can't ensure recovery from a state of impaired consciousness, but measures can be taken to increase the chances of natural improvement.