Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause

Coma Overview

What is a coma?
A person in a coma is unconscious and does not respond to visual stimulation, sounds, or touch. Coma is a serious symptom that may be caused by a head injury, stroke, bleeding within the brain, drug toxicity, infection, poisoning, or diabetes.

What are the symptoms of coma?
Symptoms that may develop before coma include hallucinations, abnormal behavior, confusion, or excessive sleepiness. Additional symptoms that may occur with coma are fever, rash, rapid pulse, rapid breathing, and low blood pressure.

How does the doctor treat coma?
Treatment for coma is an emergency. Treatment is directed at the underlying cause for coma.

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