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Advance Directives Should Address fMRI Results

Posted Nov 18 2012 7:47am
At least for the foreseeable future, there will be uncertainty over whether some PVS patients are in a cognitive state more like locked-in syndrome.  ( National Post )

Consequently, it might be prudent for individuals to address this situation in their advance directives.  For example: "I do/do not want to be sustained with life support if I am diagnosed in a PVS, even if fMRI shows I have some responsiveness."  Of course, if the fMRI data shows that the patient has decision making capacity, then the patient could revoke the advance directive.  


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