In-depth EEG analysis may pick brain injury patients likely to recover

Fifteen per cent of immobile patients' brains showed signs of trying to respond to commands to move

An analysis of the brainwaves of 104 people with brain injury, all of whom did not respond to spoken commands to move, has concluded that 15% are hearing and trying to process commands despite not showing any physical movement.

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Half of the 16 patients whose brainwaves showed a response via EEG were able to respond physically by the time they were discharged from the hospital and 44% were able to function independently for eight-hour periods one year after their injury, researchers reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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