Disorders of Consciousness Unit

Vithas NeuroRHB, Vithas Hospitals Neurorehabilitation Unit has the Unit of Altered States of Consciousness (Coma, Non-Responsive Vigil Syndrome / Vegetative State, State of Minimum Consciousness, Locked in / Captivity Syndrome) where the patient will always have a customized plan based on their status and their needs.

This Unit is unique in the Spanish territory, it makes an accurate diagnosis, an evolutionary prognosis and a specialized treatment with the use of the latest techniques and new experimental drugs.

The specific programs available to the Unit of Altered States of Consciousness are:

Specific Diagnostic Program

  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Osteoarticular diagnosis (ultrasound, radiology, laboratory)
  • Neurophysiological diagnosis (EEG, qEEG, P300, Mismatch Negativity – MMN)
  • Structural neuroimaging diagnosis (tractography, volumetry) and functional (fMRI, PET, Connectivity)

Specific Experimental Treatment Program / Treatments latest advances

  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Neurorehabilitation treatment
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Non-invasive stimulation treatment
  • Osteoarticular treatment

Dual Program of Diagnosis and Experimental Treatment:

  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Osteoarticular diagnosis (ultrasound, radiology, laboratory)
  • Neurophysiological diagnosis (EEG, qEEG, P300, Mismatch Negativity – MMN)
  • Structural neuroimaging (tractography, volumetry) and fucional (fMRI, PET, Connectivity) diagnosis
  • Neurorehabilitation treatment
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Non-invasive stimulation treatment
  • Osteoarticular treatment

All these programs are carried out in any of the Vithas NeuroRHB centers, with admission in hospital and with own resources such as: operating rooms, emergencies, laboratory, diagnostic services, medical specialists, etc. A differential element of the Unit Altered States of Consciousness is that it has systems that allow to detect signs of conscious and congruent cerebral processing during relevant stimuli even in the absence of clinically evident motor responses thanks to the advances in the interface brain-machines or through neuroimaging.

Besides, anyone who benefits from this Vithas Hospitals health service has their own treatment, developed by the Neurorehabilitation Unit is for people who enter a coma and, subsequently, in an altered state of consciousness, its aim is to improve their clinical and functional situation.

For more than 20 years, Vithas NeuroRHB has been a specialist in the assessment and treatment of patients with altered states of consciousness (Coma, Vegetative State or Non-Responsive Vigil Syndrome / Vegetative State and State of Minimum Consciousness, Locked In / Captivity Syndrome), whether caused by traumatic brain injury, stroke or a brain tumor, we also have an open line of research in which the objective is to better understand the neural changes that occur from the coma to the recovery of consciousness.

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