Prevalence of locked-in syndrom

Prevalence of locked-in syndrom

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Locked-in syndrome is a neurological disorder in which the patient is conscious but is unable to move or verbally communicate due to complete paralysis of the body. Dr. Niels Birbaumer explains that although the total number of cases is not known for sure, about ninety percent of the patients choose not to receive assistance to keep them alive. He also explains the prevalence of misdiagnosis among these patients as being in a vegetative state even though they could communicate if given the right means. Brain-computer interfaces might be one important step in this direction.
Tags:
locked-in syndrome, neurological disorder, paralysis
Duration:
00:02:57