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February 1984

Computed Tomographic Findings in Akinetic Mutism

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Pediatrics (Drs Young and Phelan), Pathology (Drs Depenbusch and Towfighi), Surgery (Dr Lehman), and Radiology (Dr Weidner), The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey.

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(2):166-167. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140400048011

• Brain-injured children who progress from coma to a sleeplike state of akinetic mutism are often misinterpreted by their parents as having improved. In children with akinetic mutism caused by extensive destruction of the cerebral gray matter, the computed tomographic scan may demonstrate the irreversible nature of the pathologic changes.

(AJDC 1984;138:166-167)