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OF your 5 senses which is the last to be shut down during brain death?

Your brain can last for so long after you stop breathing. I was told hearing is the last to go. True? And how long DOES the brain last?

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smell is the last to go... and the first to remember us!

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smell is a very powerful remembrance tool.
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Most people going into brain death are so sick that they are probably not able to think clearly and understand anything from sound or feel.

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Well i see what you say but the brain shuts down in a specific way and I wanted to know which way....
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It depends on what is causing the insult. Did the patient have a massive stroke and cerebral edema/inter cranial pressures, is causing severe brain swelling and the patient is nearing herniation?
Did they have a massive heart attack and the brain is dying from lack of oxygen?

Is the person ate up with severe sepsis that is causing a metabolic crisis that is killing the brain cells?

Did the patient have a severe fever that is killing them?

It all depends on the cause of the death of the systems/system that supports the brain?
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hmmm. I don't know. I guess I will pick dying from lack of oxygen? It did not say on the paper...This is homework type work but I didn't want to put it in that spot.
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Yes hearing is the last sense to go in any kind of death.

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and how long does this hearing last...
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The hearing last until death.
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Hearing is the last to go that's why they tell you when someone is in a coma to still speak to them because they can still hear you. That is only if that person had no deafness before the death. That's the first thing we learned during hospice care

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Your hearing really is the last thing the brain shuts off in the dying process

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probably seeing

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