I am a student about to do my final exam and was wondering if anyone could help me with a practice exam question I have here. It is asking: Assessment findings of pinpoint pupils, varied responses to painful stimuli and absent reflexes most likely indicates which of the following:
a. Permanent vegetative state
b. Locked in Syndrome
d. Brain Death
This question has my friend and I stumped because with Brain Death, there is absolutely no response at all, locked in syndrome the patient is aware of their surroundings though is paralysed therefore would be unable to display a varied response to painful stimuli, Coma - the pupils are dilated/fixed? Can anyone help us out and maybe explain a little bit about the difference between these conditions? Any help would be appreciated.
T & J