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Descriptor English: Brain Death
Descriptor Spanish: Muerte Encefálica
Descriptor Portuguese: Morte Encefálica
Descriptor French: Mort cérébrale
Entry term(s): Brain Dead
Brain Deads
Coma Depasse
Coma, Irreversible
Death, Brain
Irreversible Coma
Tree number(s): C10.228.140.151
C10.597.606.358.800.200.100
C23.550.260.159
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D001926
Scope note: A state of prolonged irreversible cessation of all brain activity, including lower brain stem function with the complete absence of voluntary movements, responses to stimuli, brain stem reflexes, and spontaneous respirations. Reversible conditions which mimic this clinical state (e.g., sedative overdose, hypothermia, etc.) are excluded prior to making the determination of brain death. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp348-9)
Allowable Qualifiers: BL blood
CF cerebrospinal fluid
CL classification
DG diagnostic imaging
DI diagnosis
IM immunology
LJ legislation & jurisprudence
ME metabolism
PA pathology
PP physiopathology
UR urine
VE veterinary
Previous Indexing: Death (1966-1968)
Public MeSH Note: 1972
History Note: 1972(1969)
DeCS ID: 1952
Unique ID: D001926
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Date Established: 1972/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2016/06/01
Brain Death - Preferred
Concept UI M0002873
Scope note A state of prolonged irreversible cessation of all brain activity, including lower brain stem function with the complete absence of voluntary movements, responses to stimuli, brain stem reflexes, and spontaneous respirations. Reversible conditions which mimic this clinical state (e.g., sedative overdose, hypothermia, etc.) are excluded prior to making the determination of brain death. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp348-9)
Preferred term Brain Death
Entry term(s) Brain Dead
Brain Deads
Coma Depasse
Death, Brain
Irreversible Coma - Related but not broader or narrower
Concept UI M0334154
Preferred term Irreversible Coma
Entry term(s) Coma, Irreversible



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