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fMRI reveals large-scale network activation in minimally conscious patients.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Neurology
1526-632X
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - American Academy of Neurology
Publication Date
Volume
64
Issue
3
Pages
514–523
Identifiers
PMID: 15699384
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The first fMRI maps of cortical activity associated with language processing and tactile stimulation of patients in the minimally conscious state (MCS) are presented. These findings of active cortical networks that serve language functions suggest that some MCS patients may retain widely distributed cortical systems with potential for cognitive and sensory function despite their inability to follow simple instructions or communicate reliably.

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