From a neurologist’s point of view, Dr. Sachdev said that being neurologically intact generally “means no problems with brain function that can be detected on physical examination,” adding, “This is encouraging.” I will,” he adds.
The term also usually indicates that a person is “capable of conversing and following commands,” Dr. Erin Feinstein, an assistant professor of neurology at Rutgers New Jersey School of Medicine in New Jersey, told SELF. A person who is neurologically intact has “good strength in all extremities, normal sensation in all extremities and face. They can walk independently and perform all activities of daily living.” You can do the activity independently,” she says, Dr. Feinstein.
However, being “neurologically intact” does not mean that a person has fully returned to their previous functions.
Of course, we don’t know the full extent of Hamlin’s condition. It’s important to remember that he is still in intensive care. This means that it may take some time before he fully recovers.
According to Dr. Adkins, it can be difficult to tell early on whether someone’s brain is functioning at the level it was at before an injury or health problem occurred. “There are exceptions when a person appears to have perfectly normal brain function based on testing, but other data such as neuroimaging, laboratory, recordings of brain activity, or spinal fluid findings may indicate potential abnormalities,” Tia Chakraborty, M.D., neurologist, critical care physician at Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital in Michigan, told SELF.
According to Shephal Doshi, M.D., a cardiac electrophysiologist and director of cardiac electrophysiology and pacing at Providence St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., a neurologically intact person usually “gets back to baseline.” is considered to be More complex thoughts and tasks. “If you ask someone like Hamlin for a particular defensive strategy, their brain may not be ready for it yet,” Dr. Doshi tells his SELF. “There may be parts of the brain that are stunned.” Neurologically intact is the “starting point,” but “we want him to make a full neurological recovery.” Dr. Doshi explains.
What could happen now?
It really depends, says Dr. Adkins. “Recovery is individual, and in a way, you can trend by minutes, hours, and days,” he says. “I have seen people from cardiac arrest who were able to leave the hospital after four or five days. Ultimately, Dr. Adkins says, “It varies from person to person.”
Now that Hamlin is no longer intubated, Dr. Feinstein says more tests are likely. “A full neurological evaluation is needed to determine if he has a deficit,” she says.
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