Long-term management of patients after severe brain injury with prolonged disorders of consciousness (DoC) has clinical, economic, and ethical impact. Great understanding of the evolution of these clinical conditions and identification of reliable prognostic markers would allow clinicians and patients’ family to make more appropriate decisions concerning treatment and care. Research on prognosis has exploded in the last decade due to several research advances, including the development of electrophysiological and imaging techniques capable of detecting early signs of consciousness recovery. Recently, several American scientific societies conjointly issued care recommendations for patients with prolonged DoC. Diagnostic and prognostic procedures for people with prolonged DoC vary across countries and might result in differences in management and/or outcome. In this context, the Special Interest Group on Disorders of Consciousness of International Brain Injury Association (IBIA – DoC-SIG) offers an international platform has organized an International Symposium to provide updates related to current evidence on prognosis of persons in DoC. Brief presentations will be grouped under specific themes, including but not limited to long-term outcome and prognosis, and current prognostic procedures.


When And How To Predict Clinical Evolution In Adults Patients With DoC
Boris Kotchoubey, Germany

When and How To Predict Clinical Evolution In Children With Disorders of Consciousness
Erika Molteni, UK

Moderator (Intro + Q&A)

Anna Estraneo, Italy