Brain Stem Death is sometimes misdiagnosed as Baclofen Toxicity

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Baclofen Toxicity, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Brain Stem Death.

A patient with brain death is deemed dead both clinically and legally. Brain death is characterized by an irreversible loss of all brain functions including the brainstem. Patients are usually in coma and have no reflexes in the eyes when the head or moved or when a light is aimed at them. Patients also have no gag reflex. There should be massive damage to the brain. Patients are also unable to breathe without a ventilator.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

No blinking when eyes are touched, no reaction to pain, pupils don’t respond to light, absence of eye movement, no gag reflex, absence of brain activity on electroencephalogram, no breathing without ventilator

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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