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Pediatric EEGs 01

Topic: Physiology

Created on Friday, December 22 2006 by jdmiles

Last modified on Thursday, March 1 2007.

This is the EEG from a 10-year old patient in the ICU. He is intubated and unresponsive. What is the diagnosis?

 
        A) Spindle coma
 
        B) Normal EEG
 
        C) Locked-in syndrome patient
 
        D) Benign rolandic epilepsy
 
        E) Alpha coma
 

 


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A) spindle coma

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This EEG shows diffuse alpha wave activity, in a comatose patient. Alpha coma carries a dismal prognosis.  (See References)

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B) normal EEG

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This EEG shows diffuse alpha wave activity, in a comatose patient. Alpha coma carries a dismal prognosis.  (See References)

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C) locked-in syndrome patient

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This EEG shows diffuse alpha wave activity, in a comatose patient. Alpha coma carries a dismal prognosis.  (See References)

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D) benign rolandic epilepsy

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This EEG shows diffuse alpha wave activity, in a comatose patient. Alpha coma carries a dismal prognosis.  (See References)

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E) alpha coma

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This EEG shows diffuse alpha wave activity, in a comatose patient. Alpha coma carries a dismal prognosis.  (See References)

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References:

1. Preston, D.C., and Shapiro, B.E. (2005). Electromyography and Neuromuscular Disorders: Clinical-Electrophysiologic Correlations, 2nd Edition. Elsevier, Philadelphia. Pp. 663-666.
2. Bickley, L.S., and Hoekelman, R.A. (1999). Bates' Guide to Physical Examination and History taking, 7th Edition. Lippincott, Philadelphia. Pp. 163-244.
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Pediatric EEGs 01
Question ID: 12220601
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 12/22/2006
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