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Consciousness - decreased
Alternate Names : Stuporous, Mental status - decreased, Loss of alertness, Decreased consciousness, Alertness - decreased, Changes in consciousness, Obtundation, Coma, Unresponsiveness
Definition ...

Consciousness - decreased
Decreased consciousness is reduced alertness or awareness.

Related Category: Psychology and Psychiatry
in psychology, a term commonly used to indicate a state of awareness of self and environment.

Consciousness Treatment
Review Date: 04/21/2009
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

Loss of Consciousness
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Symptoms & Signs
Diagnosis & Tests
Prevention & Expectations
Treatment & Monitoring
Attribution ...

Consciousness is decreased to varying degrees. Repeated stimuli arouse patients only briefly or not at all.
Depending on the cause, other symptoms develop (see Table 3: Coma and Impaired Consciousness: Findings by Location*): ...

Disorders of consciousness are medical conditions that inhibit consciousness.

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knsns noun the state of being mentally alert and knowing what is happening to lose consciousness to ...
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Consciousness and the Brain
The brain is the main organ responsible for maintaining consciousness. Your brain requires adequate amounts of oxygen and glucose in order to function properly.

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Unconsciousness: An abnormal state of lack of responsiveness to sensory stimuli, resulting from injury, illness, shock, or other bodily disorder.

Unconsciousness is when the victim seems to be asleep but has lost all awareness and is not able to respond to questions or to touch or gentle shaking.

Unconsciousness, temporary
Medical Dictionary
A partial or complete loss of consciousness ...

Self-consciousness - some people may feel embarrassed, and be reluctant to smile with parted lips.
Tooth misalignment - a large gap between the front teeth could leave not enough room for the lateral teeth (the ones next to the front teeth).

Altered consciousness
Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can result in prolonged or permanent changes in a person's state of consciousness, awareness or responsiveness. Different states of consciousness include: ...

Consciousness may be lost for a few seconds in a mild injury, or for hours or days after a more severe injury. The loss of consciousness results from a blow to the head.

Consciousness - decreased
Reye syndrome is sudden (acute) brain damage (encephalopathy) and liver function problems of unknown cause.

Consciousness typically returns when blood sugar reaches a normal level.
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Lose consciousness
Stare into space
Have convulsions (abnormal jerking of the muscles)
Experience abnormalities of sensation or emotion ...

lose consciousness
hallucinate (see, hear, feel and smell odd things that aren't really there)
fall into a coma (this is rare) ...

loss of consciousness
personality change
a severe, persistent, or worsening headache,
repeated vomiting or nausea,
inability to awaken,
dilation (widening) of one or both pupils,
slurred speech, ...

Loss of consciousness lasting less than 30 minutes or no loss of consciousness at all
Loss of memory (amnesia) lasting less than 24 hours ...

Loss of consciousness due to alcohol intake, seizures, stroke, or other conditions
Impaired swallowing function due to poor dentition or a history of Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, stroke, or other conditions ...

Loss of consciousness, poor responsiveness, stupor, coma
Muscle weakness or paralysis
Severe headache
Sudden change in mental functions: ...

Loss of consciousness and body tone, followed by twitching and relaxing muscle contractions
Loss of control of body functions
May be a short period of no breathing (30 seconds) and the person may turn a shade of blue ...

Loss of consciousness (lasting seconds to minutes)
Memory loss of the events surrounding the injury
Problems with thinking or concentration ...

loss of consciousness
chest pain caused by activity or exercise
chest pain with a cold sweat
shortness of breath
palpitations (being consciously aware of an abnormality in heartbeat).

loss of consciousness
fits or seizures, when the body suddenly moves uncontrollably
problems with the senses, such as loss of hearing or double vision
Glasgow Coma Scale ...

Loss of consciousness, uncommonly
Hypoglycemia may also cause these other signs and symptoms:
Heart palpitations ...

Loss of consciousness within seconds
Sudden collapse
Loss of color in the skin
Dilated pupils
No detectable pulse, heartbeat, or blood pressure ...

Loss of consciousness
Respiratory failure, possibly leading to death
Showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to arsine.

Loss of consciousness
No breathing
No pulse
Prior to cardiac arrest, some patients report the following symptoms or warning signs in the weeks before the event: ...

Loss of consciousness
Anaphylactic shock can be caused by an allergic reaction to a drug, food, serum, insect venom, allergen extract, or chemical.

loss of consciousness
transient ischemic attack (TIA, a brief stroke-like condition)
hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body)
embolus (clot in the blood vessel)
hemorrhage (bleeding) ...

Because consciousness may diminish during this time and swallowing becomes difficult, practitioners should anticipate alternatives to the oral route.

loss of consciousness
altered mental state
vomiting or severe nausea
extreme hypertension
weakness, numbness, or paralysis, especially on one side of the body
sudden, severe headache ...

Loss of consciousness lasting less than 30 minutes
Alteration of consciousness or mental state lasting up to 24 hours
Posttraumatic amnesia up to 24 hours
Glasgow Coma Scale (best available score during the first 24 hours) of 13-15 ...

loss of consciousness
neurological signs (other than a headache)
abnormal heart rhythm or lack of blood to the heart
women who are pregnant.

Loss of consciousness caused by an overdose of insulin.
The skin.

If their consciousness is impaired don't give them anything to eat or drink, as they may not be able to swallow or drink it properly.
If the condition does not improve:
Monitor the level of response and look for any other possible causes.

impaired consciousness
changes in logical thinking, personality, and behavior
mood changes ...

Change in consciousness or mental status
High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) and chills
Inability to urinate ...

Decreased consciousness
Delirium or confusion
Drowsy, lethargic, hard to arouse ...

A loss of consciousness (greater than one minute), a neck injury, or symptoms such as weakness or numbness that persists are reasons to send the athlete to the emergency room.
When can an athlete return to play after a concussion?

i regained consciousness again quite soon, but i was scared stiff so i started crying (so embarrassing!) but yeah, that was my unfortunate experience, and when i think back to it, i still blame my mum! ...

The loss of consciousness and convulsions are present in every patient, but there are other symptoms that can occur as well that are not necessarily present in every patient who has had a seizure.

You must watch your blood sugar level closely. Regular testing of your blood sugar may allow you to detect and treat hypoglycemia before it causes serious symptoms. You may be able to prevent ever having low blood sugar.

The return to consciousness is gradual and should occur within a few moments.
Loss of urine is common.
Often people will be confused briefly after a generalized seizure.

Sudden loss of consciousness (syncope)?
Cerebral hypo-perfusion from sudden drop in blood pressure, noting that BP is a function of: Cardiac output x systemic vascular resistance; and CO is a function of heart rate x stroke volume; ...

Repeat 5 back slaps and 5 chest thrusts until the object comes out or the child stops choking and skin color becomes pink.
If unconsciousness occurs: ...

A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon. [Heritage].
Example from an 1896 death certificate from West Virginia:
Synocha ...

A state of semi-consciousness.
Sub-arachnoid Haemorrhage
A bleed into the space surrounding the brain causing a sudden severe headache and which may lead to residual effects similar to those of a stroke.

Altered level of consciousness
Paradoxic irritability
Complex seizure features (focal, prolonged, or recurrent) ...

reflects a failure to integrate various aspects of identity, memory and consciousness. Each personality state may be experienced as if it is a distinct individual, with a unique history, image, identity, name, etc.

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A coma, sometimes also called persistent vegetative state, is a profound or deep state of unconsciousness. Persistent vegetative state is not brain-death.

Paroxysmal attacks of impaired consciousness, occasionally accompanied by spasm or twitching of cephalic muscles, which usually can be brought on by hyperventilation; depending on the type and severity of the absence, ...

Specific movements of the arms and legs and/or the face may occur with loss of consciousness. A yell or cry often precedes the loss of consciousness.

1 - Interdisciplinary Consciousness Studies
Emilios Bouratinos, MA, Ekali, Greece - Dec 1st 1997
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Various Authors - Dec 1st 1997
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