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Cortical brain death

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In cortical brain death, the cortex is destroyed. Often the brainstem is still intact, e.g. persistent vegative state, i.e. the patient can survive indefinitely if sufficient nutrition.

For this condition to be diagnosed there must be a demonstration of no perfusion of the cortex via cerebral angiography. It is not sufficient to just show no EEG activity.

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