Frequently asked questions on therapy

Is there a role for stem cell therapy in vegetative, minimally conscious or locked-in state?
The short but firm answer is NO - there is at presence no evidence in favor of this therapy

Is there a role for hyperbaric oxygen therapy in vegetative, minimally conscious or locked-in state?
The short but firm answer is NO - there is at presence no evidence in favor of this therapy

Is there a role for amantadine in minimally conscious state? (info en Français)
The short answer is YES : it can be tried, discuss this with the treating physician - Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2005

Is there a role for zolpidem in minimally conscious state? (info en Français)
The short answer is YES : it is worth trying but only exceptionally works - discuss this with the treating physician - NeuroRehabilitation 2006

 

Is deep brain stimulation an option?

A recent case report by Niko Schiff et al from NY (read pdf and supplementary material) showed its efficacy in a selected post-traumatic minimally conscious patient. At present, this is still research and awaits further confirmation. It has not been shown effectve in the vegetative state.