Ishaque, M., Manning, J. H., Woolsey, M. D., Franklin, C. G., Tullis, E. W., Beckmann, C. F. and Fox, P. T. (2017), Functional integrity in children with anoxic brain injury from drowning. Hum. Brain Mapp.. doi:10.1002/hbm.23745
A new study indicates that children who develop brain injury due to non-fatal drowning often experience severe motor deficits but maintain relatively intact perceptual and cognitive capabilities.
The findings were made using resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging to assess brain integrity in 11 children with quadriplegia due to drowning-induced brain injury. All were comatose immediately after the injury and gradually regained consciousness, but with varying ability to communicate their cognitive state.