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“Locked-in” Syndrome: Report of Seven Cases

Br Med J 1974; 4 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.4.5941.379 (Published 16 November 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;4:379
  1. C. H. Hawkes

    Abstract

    Seven cases of the “locked-in” syndrome are described. This is a disorder in which a conscious, mute patient is completely paralysed apart from some form of eye movement, usually as a result of an infarct in the ventral pons. Such patients are often assumed to be in coma and as a result may be distressed by inappropriate conversation around the bedside.