Korean J Neurotrauma.  2017 Oct;13(2):153-157. 10.13004/kjnt.2017.13.2.153.

Chronic Brain-Dead Patients Who Exhibit Lazarus Sign

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Inha University School of Medicine and Hospital, Incheon, Korea. dkhyun@inha.ac.kr

Abstract

Lazarus sign, a complex reflex movement of the upper limbs after brain death, is a rare occurrence. We report two patients who showed a Lazarus sign following a diagnosis of brain death. It has been accepted that cardiac arrest usually occurs within 1 week after brain death; however, the two patients described herein survived for over 100 days after brain death was diagnosed. This report is intended to examine the relationship between the Lazarus sign and long-term survival after brain death, as well as to share our rare experience.

Keyword

Brain death; Brain stem; Lazarus sign; Reflex
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