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Awakenings from persistent vegetative state: report of three cases with parkinsonism and brain stem lesions on MRI
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    Persistent vegetative state after severe head injury: we should not generalize
    • Wakoto Matsuda
    • Other Contributors:
      • Yoji Komatsu, Kiyoyuki Yanaka, Akira Matsumura

    Dear Editor

    We greatly appreciate the considerable and thoughtful comments offered by Boris Kotchoubey and his interest in our report of three cases in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) after severe head injury, who recovered from a prolonged disturbance of consciousness after the administration of levodopa.[1]

    As author points it out, PVS patient present a wide range of neurological symptoms and syndro...

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    Persistent vegetative state: Should we generalize?

    Dear Editor

    Matsuda et al.[1] reported three cases of patients with traumatic persistent vegetative state (PVS), in which an active treatment with levodopa, starting after 3, 7, and 12 months, respectively, resulted in fast recovery of consciousness.

    All three patients had parkinsonian symptoms and MRI evidence of the damage to the substantia nigra or ventral tegmental area. This is an astonishing r...

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