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Date: May 2011


A state of unconsciousness with no reaction to external stimuli or internal needs which:

  • results in permanent neurological deficit with persisting clinical symptoms.

For the above definition, the following is not covered:

  • coma secondary to alcohol or drug abuse.

No change since April 2007


What does this mean?

A coma is a deep state of unconsciousness from which it is impossible to be aroused. The cause of the coma may be as a result of another illness such as a stroke, infection, and very low blood sugar or may be brought on by a serious accident.

The coma needs to result in permanent damage to the nervous system in order to be covered by the definition.

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