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Front. Med.    2018, Vol. 12 Issue (3) : 334-339    https://doi.org/10.1007/s11684-017-0539-2
CASE REPORT |
Xingnao Kaiqiao acupuncture combined with Angong Niuhuang Wan for a patient under persistent vegetative state: a case report
Hujie Song, Xiao Chen, Yalan Yu(), Ling Zhang
PVS Consciousness-Promoted Center of Xi’an Encephalopathy Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Xi’an 710032, China
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Abstract

Persistent vegetative state (PVS) is a clinical condition wherein the cerebral cortex loses its function although brain stem function remains relatively intact. It has high mortality and disability rates. Although treatment for PVS is extensively studied in developed countries, little breakthrough has been made. In China, many PVS patients who were treated with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture therapy were reported to have regained consciousness. In our department, we have been investigating TCM diagnosis and treatment methods for PVS for many years and have summarized a set of curative programs. Our patient is a male and 5 years and 3 months of age. He had traumatic brain injury and had been unconscious for three months on admission. Considering his condition, we adopted Xingnao Kaiqiao acupuncture, oral Angong Niuhuang Wan, and Xingnaojing intravenous drip. After the 50-day treatment, his health significantly improved and is nearly similar to that of a healthy child, indicating that the treatment is effective for PVS. Therefore, we decided to report the case and treatment methods.

Keywords PVS      stubborn disease      Xingnao Kaiqiao      Angong Niuhuang Wan      TCM      acupuncture     
Corresponding Authors: Yalan Yu   
Just Accepted Date: 07 July 2017   Online First Date: 09 August 2017    Issue Date: 04 May 2018
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Hujie Song,Xiao Chen,Yalan Yu, et al. Xingnao Kaiqiao acupuncture combined with Angong Niuhuang Wan for a patient under persistent vegetative state: a case report[J]. Front. Med., 2018, 12(3): 334-339.
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http://academic.hep.com.cn/fmd/EN/10.1007/s11684-017-0539-2
http://academic.hep.com.cn/fmd/EN/Y2018/V12/I3/334
Fig.1  Progress in the state of patient before the treatment.
Fig.2  Progress in the state of patient after 25-day treatment.
Reaction Score Reaction Score Reaction Score
Body movement Emotional reaction EEG
None 0 None 0 Straight wave 0
No purpose movement 1 Mild reaction 1 d or q rhythm 1
Voluntary movement 2√ Normal reaction 2√ a or b rhythm 2
Eye movement Take food SEP
None 0 Nasogastric enteral nutrition 0 N20 disappearance (bilateral) 0
Eye tracking 1 Can swallow 1 N20 prolonged latency 1
Conscious gaze 2√ Active feeding 2√ N20 normal latency 2
Tab.1  PVS rating scale after 4 weeks of treatment
Reaction Score Reaction Score Reaction Score
Body movement Emotional reaction EEG
None 0 None 0 Straight wave 0
No purpose movement 1 Mild reaction 1 d or q rhythm 1
Voluntary movement 2√ Normal reaction 2√ a or b rhythm 2 √
Eye movement Take food SEP
None 0 Nasogastric enteral nutrition 0 N20 disappearance (bilateral) 0
Eye tracking 1 Can swallow 1 N20 prolonged latency 1
Conscious gaze 2√ Active feeding 2√ N20 normal latency 2√
Tab.2  PVS rating scale after 8 weeks of treatment
Fig.3  Progress in the state of patient after 50-day treatment.
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