Even if that is the case, it does not follow that the brain-stem
patients actually are dead.
Kveton, MD, report the tragic case of a 14-year-old girl who had bilateral acoustic neuromas treated by stereotactic radiotherapy, with subsequent rapid growth of the irradiated tumors and brain-stem
compression resulting in death.
1) brain death is defined as "the absence of all brain functioning demonstrated by profound coma, apnea, and absence of all brain-stem
For instance, research director Robert Shannon, PhD, at the House Ear Institute in Los Angeles (213-483-4431) is working on an auditory brain-stem
implant that has already restored limited hearing to some people with no auditory nerve.
There are also isolated reports of abnormal brain-stem
electrical responses, rapid eye movement sleep patterns and brain metabolism.