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Research Article

Children in Vegetative State and Minimally Conscious State: Patients’ Condition and Caregivers’ Burden

Table 2

Clinical characteristics of children with DOCs.

Main diagnosis, n (%)
 SV21 (60.0)
 SMC14 (40.0)
Comorbidities, n (%)
 Tetraplegia18 (51.4)
 Dysphagia12 (34.3)
 Epilepsy10 (27.8)
 Respiratory failure1 (2.8)
 Dwarfism1 (2.8)
 Severe mental retardation1 (2.8)
Aetiology, no (%)
 Anoxia16 (45.7)
 Traumatic11 (31.3)
 Others8 (23.0)
Rehabilitative interventions, n (%)
 Physiotherapy32 (91.4)
 Swallowing and language10 (28.6)
 Psychological and cognitive5 (14.3)
 Breathing2 (5.7)
 Music therapy2 (5.7)
Disability rating scale, mean (SD)22.0 (1.9)