A serious head injury is defined as where the patient is in a coma for 6 hours or more or has post-traumatic amnesia for 24 hours or more. A coma is defined as a state of unconsciousness where the patient is unresponsive.

Different levels of a coma are measured by the Glasgow Coma Scale. This measures the patient's ability to respond through their eyes opening, motor response and verbal response. The minimum number and least responsive is 3 and the maximum is 15.

Where the head injury is so severe that the patient remains in a coma state for a prolonged period, but is able to breath without mechanical assistance, this is called a permanent vegetative state.

The amount of time that a person remains in a coma or unconscious is often directly relevant to the future risk of developing epilepsy.

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