Pediatric disorders of consciousness: Considerations, controversies, and caveats

Beth Slomine*, Erika Molteni

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Pediatric disorders of consciousness (PedDOC) encompass conditions that may occur following very severe traumatic or other forms of acquired brain injury sustained during childhood. As in adults, PedDOC is described as a disturbance of awareness and/or responsiveness. PedDOC is a complex condition that requires specialized care, infrastructures, and technologies. PedDOC poses many challenges to healthcare providers and caregivers during recovery and throughout development. In this commentary, we intend to highlight some considerations, controversies, and caveats on the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of PedDOC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-139
Number of pages11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2024


  • brain injury
  • coma
  • disorders of consciousness
  • minimally conscious state
  • Pediatrics
  • vegetative state


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