Brain Neurorehabil.  2008 Sep;1(2):143-147. 10.12786/bn.2008.1.2.143.

Emerging Therapies in Vegetative and Minimally Conscious State after Brain Injury

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Wonkwang University College of Medicine and Institute of Wonkwang Medical Science, Korea.
  • 2Department of Public Health, Wonkwang University Graduate School, Korea.


The practice of coma arousal and brain stimulation in vegetative state or minimally conscious state is becoming the focus of heated debate. There is no definite theory on which patients may benefit, at what time in their recovery, or how the 'arousal' or 'stimulation' procedures should be applied. In this review, old and new therapeutic methods for recovery of vegetative state or minimally conscious state will discussed. And we consider some of the information processing mechanisms that are important mediators of arousal and awareness in current practices.


brain injury; deep brain stimulation; minimally conscious state; rehabilitation; vegetative state
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