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The Blantyre Coma Scale

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

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.

Eye movement
  • 1 - Watches or follows
  • 0 - Fails to watch or follow
Best motor response
  • 2 - Cries appropriately with pain, or, if verbal, speaks
  • 1 - Moan or abnormal cry with pain
  • 0 - No vocal response to pain
  1. "Blantyre Coma Scale for Young Children".
  2. 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

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