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Can childhood traumatic brain injury be detected in an adult?

Can childhood traumatic brain injury be detected in an adult?

Possibly: There are new approaches to evaluating brain injury that are advanced forms of Magnetic Resonance Imaging that can recognize damage done in childhood even if your are an adult ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

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


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Is ruptured brain abscess considered brain injury or traumatic brain injury?

Is  ruptured brain abscess considered brain injury or traumatic brain injury?

No: A brain abscess is a medical emergency and is due to a localized brain infection. If it ruptures, meningitis could occur and cause death. Unless there has been an open head injury, trauma does not directly cause infection. Physical injury such as falling and striking the head results maybe in "traumatic brain injury". ...Read more

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Do ping pong skull fractures in neonates cause brain damage?

Do ping pong skull fractures in neonates cause brain damage?

Should not: The ping-pong skull fracture is akin to a greenstick fracture of the long bones in children." should not cause any brain damage unless there was bleeding into the brain... http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/343764-overview. ...Read more

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Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

No: It's not about being politically correct. It is specific to damage from trauma (such as car crash, etc), rather than other types of damage (stroke, etc). ...Read more

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Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Yes.: It's not especially common, but some people do develop bipolar disorder after brain injury. The mechanism is not well understood. Treatment approaches are essentially identical in terms of medications, but response rates may be less robust. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, can viral meningitis affect motor skills or brain function in child?

Hello doctors, can viral meningitis affect motor skills or brain function in child?

Depends on the virus: The majority of viruses produce mild to moderate symptoms during the illness and rare if any long term complications. However, herpes virus can produce major damage and long term complications (CP,Death).It can occur in the newborn period or later in life with a variable level of intensity.It attacks both the brain coverings (meninges) and the brain substance (encephalitis). ...Read more

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Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

Can brain trauma cause autism spectrum disorder?

No: Head trauma can produce a variety of behavioral and cognitive changes, but there is no association with autism spectrum. ...Read more

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Could you who has suffered brain or cerebral hemorrhage develop Parkinson's disease?

Could you who has suffered brain or cerebral hemorrhage develop Parkinson's disease?

Yes: Other medical conditions don't usually promote or prevent the diagnosis of PD. However, the risk factors for ischemic stroke also contribute to vascular Parkinsonism (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22121251) and secondary Parkinsonism (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000759.htm). Having an intracerebral hemorrhage wouldn't prevent someone from going on to develop PD. ...Read more

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Can brain injuries or brain damage cause deafness?

Can brain injuries or brain damage cause deafness?

Yes: We don't hear with our ears, we hear with our brains. Injury to the auditory nerve from the ear to the brain or injury to the areas of the brain involved with hearing can result in deafness, . ...Read more

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Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Can an infant ever recover from brain damage from bacterial encephalitis?

Infant plasticity: While an adult with an identical injury may be stuck when injured nerves cannot heal, an infant has better healing powers & may be able to rewire past injured areas.Since their system had not completed adult wiring at the time of injury their "plasticity" makes better healing possible.I have seen some remarkable improvements in kids over the years when many held little hope.Improvement is possible. ...Read more

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Does Zika virus affects toddlers brain development?

Does Zika virus affects toddlers brain development?

Unknown: Rapid changes in size & number of nerve cells occur during early pregnancy & the germ targets developing cells. They kill them & the brain does not grow.Without brain mass the skull doesn't enlarge as fast =microcephaly. Many adults & older kids have few if any symptoms with zika. It is likely that toddlers could be more susceptible since their brain is still growing but we have little info yet ...Read more

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Can brain injury lead to autism?

Can brain injury lead to autism?

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 more

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Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Please clarify: I am not understanding the question on traumatic brain injury and how recovery takes place...Or when? Would like to help you understand this entity a bit better. ...Read more

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Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Do grand mal seizures cause brain damage in children?

Seizure: A seizure may already be due to an underlying brain condition. On the other hand uncontrolled seizure can cause brain damage as well. ...Read more

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How common is brain damage from spinal meningitis?

How common is brain damage from spinal meningitis?

See below: Unfortunately it does occur and is more common in patients with delay in treatment. ...Read more

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Is it true that acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury are the same thing?

Is it true that acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury are the same thing?

Similar: Traumatic specifically deals with trauma. Acquired includes a few other types of brain injury, such as anoxic, encephalopathic, infectious, etc. So a traumatic brain injury is an acquired brain injury, but an acquired brain injury is not necessarily traumatic. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage in a person?

Can febrile seizures cause permanent brain damage in a person?

Definition issue: By definition, febrile seizures are considered benign, lasting only minutes & not leading to respiratory compromise. As long as the brain & heart get oxygen, the chances of death or disability is remote & kids outgrow them. However, some kids with epilepsy will have a seizure with a fever, & carry a fsz label but go on to have major seizures with damage as they get older. ...Read more

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Can having an internal head injury (skull fracture) cause behavior problems in children?

Yes: If a child had a skull fracture, they may have had an internal bleed as well or a shearing injury or other brain injury. Behavioral problems can occur after any serious head injury. Seek help from a neurologist. ...Read more

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Can adults develop extracranial germ cell tumors too?

Can adults develop extracranial germ cell tumors too?

Yes.: Adults can develop extracranial germ cell tumors. These can be either benign or malignant. Behavior of these tumors depends upon the location / the organ (site) in which the tumor develops and upon the microscopic and molecular-genetic features of the individual tumor. Hope that this helps. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Traumatic Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to the brain after trauma. It can be temporary or permanent depending on the severity of the trauma, patient age, and other issues such as whether the patient has had previous trauma or ...Read more


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more