Brain electrophysiology in disorders of consciousness: Diagnostic and prognostic utility

Damian Cruse, G. Bryan Young, Francesco Piccione, Marianna Cavinato, Aldo Ragazzoni

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Electroencephalography (EEG) is a powerful and inexpensive bedside tool for the assessment of residual brain function in prolonged disorders of consciousness. Here we review a range of methods for EEG interpretation, including reactivity, perturbation by transcranial magnetic stimulation, evoked potentials, and oscillatory changes. We show that, in combination, these methods can form a reliable picture of each patient’s structural impairments and residual sensory and cognitive functioning, thereby leading to more accurate diagnoses and prognoses and stratifi cation of patients for experimental neuro-stimulation therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrain Function and Responsiveness in Disorders of Consciousness
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319214252, 9783319214245
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Diagnosis
  • Disorders of consciousness
  • EEG
  • ERP
  • Prognosis
  • TMS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)


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