BRAIN DEATH complex spinal reflex





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Uploaded on Jul 4, 2011

Male 19 y. age, victim of penetrating brain injury (gun).
All the criteria for the encephalic death diagnosis were present ( brain death ).
The presence of this complex spinal reflex ( Lazarus sign) doesn't exclude the brain death diagnosis.

All professionals involved in brain death diagnosis must knowing and well understand this important reflex.

Dr. Eric Grossi Morato MD neurosurgeon

P.S. This video has been authorized by the patient's family The face is not blurred because:
- he is a cadaver (The time of death was thirteen minutes before the start of this recording- end of apnea test)
- facial motor response and the place of the painful stimulus in the face are important for medical training in brain death

This video has ONLY medical education purpose , please respect.


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