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Aetiological differences in neuroanatomy of the vegetative state: insights from diffusion tensor imaging and functional implications
  1. Colin Wilson
  1. Correspondence to Dr Colin Wilson, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Regional Acquired Brain Injury Unit, Musgrave Park Hospital, Belfast BT9 7JB, UK; colin.wilson{at}

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The article by Newcombe et al (see page 552) provides fresh insights with regard to the nature and extent of neuropathology associated with vegetative state (VS) using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI).1 Of note, quantitative DTI detected abnormalities in the patients examined that were not observed using conventional MRI reviewed by experienced neuroradiologists. This timely article provides clinically relevant information in relation to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Ischaemic–Hypoxic injury (IHI) to aid and guide clinicians examining and managing …

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