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Consciousness - decreased
Alternate Names : Stuporous, Mental status - decreased, Loss of alertness, Decreased consciousness, Alertness - decreased, Changes in consciousness, Obtundation, Coma, Unresponsiveness
Definition ...

- decreased
Decreased is reduced alertness or awareness.

Related Category: Psychology and Psychiatry
in psychology, a term commonly used to indicate a state of awareness of self and environment.

Review Date: 04/21/2009
Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, Clinic. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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is decreased to varying degrees. Repeated stimuli arouse patients only briefly or not at all.
Depending on the cause, other symptoms develop (see Table 3: Coma and Impaired : Findings by Location*): ...

Disorders of consciousness are medical conditions that inhibit consciousness.

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Also known as astatic seizures or drop attacks, these seizures involve a brief loss of consciousness in the affected person. Once it is over, the person is usually unaware of what happened.

knsns noun the state of being mentally alert and knowing what is happening to lose to ...
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Consciousness and the Brain
The brain is the main organ responsible for maintaining consciousness. Your brain requires adequate amounts of oxygen and glucose in order to function properly.

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Unconsciousness: An abnormal state of lack of responsiveness to sensory stimuli, resulting from injury, illness, shock, or other bodily disorder.

Loss of the ability to maintain awareness of self and environment combined with markedly reduced responsiveness to environmental stimuli. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp344-5)
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Unconsciousness is when the victim seems to be asleep but has lost all awareness and is not able to respond to questions or to touch or gentle shaking.

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A partial or complete loss of ...

Self-consciousness - some people may feel embarrassed, and be reluctant to smile with parted lips.
Tooth misalignment - a large gap between the front teeth could leave not enough room for the lateral teeth (the ones next to the front teeth).

may be lost for a few seconds in a mild injury, or for hours or days after a more severe injury. The loss of results from a blow to the head.

Consciousness - decreased
Reye syndrome is sudden (acute) brain damage (encephalopathy) and liver function problems of unknown cause.

typically returns when blood sugar reaches a normal level.
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Lose consciousness
Stare into space
Have convulsions (abnormal jerking of the muscles)
Experience abnormalities of sensation or emotion ...

hallucinate (see, hear, feel and smell odd things that aren't really there)
fall into a coma (this is rare) ...

loss of consciousness
personality change
a severe, persistent, or worsening headache,
repeated vomiting or nausea,
inability to awaken,
dilation (widening) of one or both pupils,
slurred speech, ...

Loss of lasting less than 30 minutes or no loss of at all
Loss of memory (amnesia) lasting less than 24 hours ...

Loss of consciousness due to alcohol intake, seizures, stroke, or other conditions
Impaired swallowing function due to poor dentition or a history of Parkinson's disease, Lou Gehrig's disease, stroke, or other conditions ...

Loss of and body tone, followed by twitching and relaxing muscle contractions
Loss of control of body functions
May be a short period of no breathing (30 seconds) and the person may turn a shade of blue ...

Loss of consciousness (lasting seconds to minutes)
Memory loss of the events surrounding the injury
Problems with thinking or concentration ...

loss of
chest pain caused by activity or exercise
chest pain with a cold sweat
shortness of breath
palpitations (being consciously aware of an abnormality in heartbeat).

loss of consciousness
fits or seizures, when the body suddenly moves uncontrollably
problems with the senses, such as loss of hearing or double vision
Glasgow Coma Scale ...

Loss of , uncommonly
Hypoglycemia may also cause these other signs and symptoms:
Heart palpitations ...

Loss of consciousness
No breathing
No pulse
Prior to cardiac arrest, some patients report the following symptoms or warning signs in the weeks before the event: ...

Loss of
Respiratory failure, possibly leading to death
Showing these signs and symptoms does not necessarily mean that a person has been exposed to arsine.

loss of consciousness
transient ischemic attack (TIA, a brief stroke-like condition)
hemiplegia (paralysis of one side of the body)
embolus (clot in the blood vessel)
hemorrhage (bleeding) ...

Because may diminish during this time and swallowing becomes difficult, practitioners should anticipate alternatives to the oral route.

loss of consciousness
Anaphylactic shock can be caused by an allergic reaction to a drug, food, serum, insect venom, allergen extract, or chemical.

loss of
altered mental state
vomiting or severe nausea
extreme hypertension
weakness, numbness, or paralysis, especially on one side of the body
sudden, severe headache ...

Loss of consciousness lasting less than 30 minutes
Alteration of consciousness or mental state lasting up to 24 hours
Posttraumatic amnesia up to 24 hours
Glasgow Coma Scale (best available score during the first 24 hours) of 13-15 ...

loss of
neurological signs (other than a headache)
abnormal heart rhythm or lack of blood to the heart
women who are pregnant.

If their consciousness is impaired don't give them anything to eat or drink, as they may not be able to swallow or drink it properly.
If the condition does not improve:
Monitor the level of response and look for any other possible causes.

Change in or mental status
High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit) and chills
Inability to urinate ...

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