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Can A Head Injury With Brain Damage Lead To Multiple Sclerosis
No: Ms is at this point considered to be an immune related condition. The cause of MS unfortunately less understood: most neuroscientist feel that the immune system ("body police") attack the brain. This is reflected in the highly efficacious MS therapy available such as interferons, cop axone and tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more
No, trauma does not : Cause ms. Rather it is a disease in those who possess a genetic susceptibility, brought to clinical attention by environmental causes, and this sequence evolves into an autoimmune process. Injury may seem to worsen ms, but this represents an additive damage, not a cause. ...Read more
A stiff neck is ...: Most likely related to muscular strain in the neck muscles and not to the central nervous system unless the stiff neck is associated with fever, headache, nausea and vomiting and confusion. If bacterial meningitis is present, brain damage could occur but not necessarily so. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: Most commonly, see cognitive problems, depression, or even euphoria. Pseudo-bulbar affect disorders, such as labile crying is inappropriate behavior, but not really psychosis. However, some pts do need treatment with anti-psychotic meds when they possess psychiatric co-morbidities. ...Read more
No: The morbidity & mortality of cerebral palsy relate to the severity of the condition & concomitant medical complications, such as respiratory and gastrointestinal difficulties. In patients with quadriplegia, the likelihood of epilepsy, extrapyramidal abnormalities, and severe cognitive impairment is greater than in those with diplegia or hemiplegia. Bottom line: severity of CP may increase risk. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not : The exact cause of multiple sclerosis is not well understood. However, researchers have looked at a link between brain injury and ms. It is a very weak relationship. About 1 person in 5000 who has a brain injury may get ms, so i wouldn't worry too much about it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an untreated swollen spinal cord cause same symptoms as multiple sclerosis and if so can the nerve damage and muscle weakness be made better?
Perhaps: Spinal cord swelling can be secondary to variety of causes, such as neuromyelitis optica, trauma, MS, tumors, and could cause localized symptoms indistinguishable from your MS. (Have you had an anti-aquaporin 4 test?) Typically might treat with steroids, but this would make your diabetes temporarily worse. Acthar might create a lesser complication. Check for NMO prior to starting MS med. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Head trauma and resultant traumatic brain injury can certainly cause deficits in cognition and behavior. The impact of injury duration, frequency, and intensity on the level of cognitive decline is an area of research that is actively being investigated. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/traumaticbraininjury.html ...Read more
The immediate effects of a head injury can include dementia symptoms, such as confusion, memory loss, and changes in speech, vision and personality: Depending on the severity of your injury, these symptoms may clear up quickly, last a long time or never go away completely. However, such symptoms that begin soon after your injury generally don't get worse over time as happens with Alzheimer's disease. Certain types of head injuries, however, may increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or other dementias later in life. The greatest increase in future dementia risk seems to occur after a severe head injury that knocks you out for more than 24 hours. A moderately serious head injury that causes unconsciousness for more than 30 minutes, but less than 24 hours, also seems to increase risk to a smaller extent. There's no evidence that a single mild head injury that doesn't knock you out, or that knocks you out for less than 30 minutes, increases your risk of dementia. However, repeated mild injuries may increase risk of future problems with thinking and reasoning. You're likely at greatest risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's later in life, post-head injury, if you also have other risk factors. For example, carrying one form of the apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene increases the risk of Alzheimer's in any individual. It's important to note that many people who sustain a severe head injury never develop Alzheimer's disease or later dementia. More research is needed to understand the link. ...Read more
Not by definition: A brain injury under the age of three, would fit the research definition as a cause of cerebral palsy and any associated limitations would be part of it. After three, the limitations would be brain injury related. The complex interplay of language, social and other features of autism do not fit a the pattern of an injury as it affects too many different areas of the brain at the same time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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