Clinical Narrative I was consulted to perform a cognitive evaluation on a 58-year-old man admitted after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home. His wife found him unconscious in their bathroom. The medical record indicated that 5 to 15 minutes might have elapsed between the onset of cardiac arrest and initiation of ... Article
Article  |   July 01, 1999
Clinical Narrative
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  • Sarah Rozehnal Ward
    Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
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SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, July 1999, Vol. 9, 9-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.3.9
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, July 1999, Vol. 9, 9-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.3.9
I was consulted to perform a cognitive evaluation on a 58-year-old man admitted after suffering a cardiac arrest in his home. His wife found him unconscious in their bathroom. The medical record indicated that 5 to 15 minutes might have elapsed between the onset of cardiac arrest and initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, although the exact timeframe wasn’t certain. After two defibrillations, he was shocked to a normal sinus rhythm and admitted to the hospital in a comatose state. Nine days later he regained consciousness. Given his marked disorientation and severe memory deficits, he was diagnosed with an anoxic encephalopathy.
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