A prolonged state unconsciousness is called coma. Coma can be caused by several reasons such as a stroke, a head injury, brain tumor, or an over dose of drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, illnesses such as diabetes or an infection such as meningitis may also cause a person to go into a coma.
Coma is a medical emergency. When a person is in coma he/she has minimal brain activity. Recovery depends on what caused the coma. In such cases quick action preserves life and brain functions. Comas can be diagnosed by comprehensive blood tests and a brain CT scan. These tests help determine the cause of the coma so that the underlying cause can be treated.
Coma experiences are unique to one another; they will not last longer than several weeks. Any coma lasting more than several weeks may lead to the patient transitioning into a permanent vegetative state.
Symptoms of coma include:
• Closed eyes
• Pupils do not respond to light, this is known as a depressed brainstem reflex
• Limbs remain unresponsive (except reflex movements)
• There’s no response to painful stimuli (except reflex movements)
• Irregular breathing
Should you or a loved become comatose for some reason it is important to have medical insurance. Royal Sundaram's health insurance plans are affordable and come with provisions such as pre- and post-hospitalization expenses, lifetime renewal, and access to over 3000 network hospitals. Covering medical costs for conditions such as coma of specified severity can be accomplished with Royal Sundaram health insurance for coma of specified severity.
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