The diagnosis of brain death is usually made at the bedside with corroborating clinical and neuroimaging evidence.
brain death implies the complete and permanent absence of neurological function in the cortex and the brainstem.
After brain death modern medicine can keep the body functioning in a near-physiological state for some time.
brain death n.
Irreversible brain damage and loss of brain function, as evidenced by cessation of breathing and other vital reflexes, unresponsiveness to stimuli, absence of muscle activity, and a flat electroencephalogram for a specific length of time. Also called cerebral death.
|brain death |
Permanent brain damage resulting in loss of brain function, manifested by cessation of breathing and other vital reflexes, unconsciousness with unresponsiveness to stimuli, absence of muscle activity, and a flat electroencephalogram for a predetermined length of time. Patients who are brain-dead may still exhibit normal function of the heart, lungs, and other vital organs if they are receiving artificial life support.