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My dad is in coma now. What will be the prognosis?

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Published At August 26, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My dad is suffering from japanese encephalitis viral disease (JE) and both his thalamus are infected. Now, he is in coma. What is the prognosis of his condition?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you. There is considerable variation in the incidence and severity of sequelae in patients surviving viral encephalitis. The incidence and severity of sequelae were directly related to the age of the patient and the level of consciousness at the time of initiation of therapy. Patients with severe neurologic impairment (Glasgow coma score 6) at initiation of therapy either died or survived with severe sequelae. Young patients of less than 30 years with good neurologic function at initiation of therapy did substantially better (100% survival, 62% with no or mild sequelae) when compared with their older counterparts (>30 years; 64% survival, 57% no or mild sequelae). Since your dad must be more than 30 years old and also since he is in coma, the chance of survival is 64%. In other words, chance of him recovering completely is 57%, chance of him recovering, but have some problems like hemiplegia, speech disturbances, etc., is 7% and the chance of him not coming out of coma is 36%.

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Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas
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Neurosurgery

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