Acute loss of consciousness

Bekinschtein Tristán, Ezequiel Gleichgerrcht, Facundo Manes*

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Acute loss of consciousness poses a fascinating scenario for theoretical and clinical research. This chapter introduces a simple yet powerful framework to investigate altered states of consciousness. We then explore the different disorders of consciousness that result from acute brain injury, and techniques used in the acute phase to predict clinical outcome in different patient populations in light of models of acute loss of consciousness. We further delve into post-traumatic amnesia as a model for predicting cognitive sequels following acute loss of consciousness. We approach the study of acute loss of consciousness from a theoretical and clinical perspective to conclude that clinicians in acute care centers must incorporate new measurements and techniques besides the classic coma scales in order to assess their patients with loss of consciousness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTraumatic brain injury
EditorsJordan Grafman, Andres M. Salazar
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780444634986
ISBN (Print)9780444528926, 9780444635211
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameHandbook of clinical neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752


  • amnesia
  • disorders of consciousness
  • loss of consciousness
  • traumatic brain injury


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