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Blantyre coma scale

The Blantyre coma scale is a modification of the Pediatric Glasgow Coma Scale, designed to assess malarial coma in children.

Blantyre coma scale
Medical diagnostics
Purposeassess malarial coma in children.

It was designed by Drs. Terrie Taylor and Malcolm Molyneux in 1987, and named for the Malawian city of Blantyre, site of the Blantyre Malaria Project.[1]

Using the scaleEdit

The score assigned by the Blantyre coma scale is a number from 0 to 5. The score is determined by adding the results from three groups: Motor response, verbal response, and eye movement.

The minimum score is 0 which indicates poor results while the maximum is 5 indicating good results. All scores under 5 are considered abnormal.[2]

Eye movementEdit

  • 1 - Watches or follows
  • 0 - Fails to watch or follow

Best motor responseEdit

  • 2 - Localizes painful stimulus (patient's ability to remove stimuli)
  • 1 - Withdraws limb from painful stimulus
  • 0 - No response or inappropriate response

Best verbal responseEdit

  • 2 - Cries appropriately with pain, or, if verbal, speaks
  • 1 - Moan or abnormal cry with pain
  • 0 - No vocal response to pain


  1. ^ Taylor, T. (2009) Caring for children with cerebral malaria: insights gleaned from 20 years on a research ward in Malawi. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 103 (Suppl 1): S6-S10 DoI: 10.1016/j.trstmh.2008.10.049
  2. ^ "Blantyre Coma Scale for Young Children".

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