locked-in syndrome

(LOKT-in sin.drohm, -drum)
n.
A rare medical state in which the patient's brain stem has been destroyed, resulting in complete paralysis from the neck down while still maintaining full consciousness and mental activity.
Example Citation:
Jean-Dominique Bauby, a well-known Parisian journalist, has a stroke and loses consciousness; on awaking he finds himself paralysed and unable to speak. . . .The resultant locked-in syndrome left him unable to communicate except by flickering his left eyelid — enough to enable him, via an amanuensis, to write The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly, in which he poetically muses on his life and predicament.
— Jeffrey K. Aronson, "Autopathography: the patient's tale," British Medical Journal, December 23, 2000
Earliest Citation:
Jolted from sleep by a heart attack in the middle of the night, John Silver of Willets, Calif., became in July 1979 one of the rare medical cases with a ''locked-in syndrome.'' Occlusion of his brain's left vertebral artery left him almost totally paralyzed. He could not speak, swallow normally or move his body below the neck, except for slight motion of the right thumb. But his mind was clear. He signaled messages by blinking his eyes.
— Richard Haitch, "Fighting Paralysis," The New York Times, August 1, 1982
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  • Locked-In Syndrome — Syndrome d enfermement Le Syndrome d enfermement (Appellation anglophone : Locked in syndrome), est un état neurologique rare qui pose un problème médical, économique, mais surtout humain. Le patient est éveillé et totalement conscient, il… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Locked in syndrome — Syndrome d enfermement Le Syndrome d enfermement (Appellation anglophone : Locked in syndrome), est un état neurologique rare qui pose un problème médical, économique, mais surtout humain. Le patient est éveillé et totalement conscient, il… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • locked-in syndrome — noun (medicine) A neurological condition, resulting from brainstem damage, in which the subject is conscious and aware but unable to move or communicate, other than sometimes through blinking • • • Main Entry: ↑lock …   Useful english dictionary

  • Locked-In syndrome — Infobox Disease Name = PAGENAME Caption = Locked In syndrome can be caused by stroke at the level of the basilar artery denying blood to the pons, among other causes. DiseasesDB = ICD10 = ICD10|G|46|3|g|40 ICD9 = ICD9|344.81 ICDO = OMIM =… …   Wikipedia

  • Locked-in syndrome — A neurological disorder characterized by complete paralysis of voluntary muscles in all parts of the body except for those that control eye movement. The locked in syndrome is usually a complication of a cerebrovascular accident (a stroke) in the …   Medical dictionary

  • locked-in syndrome — noun A rare, severe physical disorder in which a person cannot speak and is paralyzed with the possible exception of some voluntary eye movement while his or her mental faculties remain fully intact …   Wiktionary

  • locked-in syndrome — see persistent vegetative state …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • locked-in syndrome — /lɒkt ˈɪn sɪndroʊm/ (say lokt in sindrohm) noun a condition in which a patient has full consciousness but is completely paralysed and thus unable to communicate, except in some cases where the eye muscles are still functioning allowing the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Locked-In Syndrome (film) — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Locked In Syndrome. Locked In Syndrome Données clés Titre original Locked In Syndrome Réalisation Emmanuel Caussé Éric Martin …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Псевдокома, Кома Бодрствующая (Locked-In Syndrome) — см. Синдром окружения . Источник: Медицинский словарь …   Медицинские термины

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