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Doctor insights on: Brain Stem Injury Prognosis

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Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

Could embryonic stem cells repair brain damages?

No one knows: Lots of research going into this but no one knows yet. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...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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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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Is ruptured brain abscess considered traumatic brain injury?

Is ruptured brain abscess considered 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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Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Depends on a lot: This is often the debate which engages forensic neuropsychologists (see http://forensicneuropsychology.Com) and forensic neurologists. Results can vary greatly even with similar ct or MRI findings. Generally severity, presence of intracranial bleeding, elevated icp, early or especially post-traumatic seizures, locaiton of injury, shearing, and pre-injury factors ie. Age, prior injury, health etc. ...Read more

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Does anybody know of any umbilical cord stem cell transplants successful for brain injuries?

Does anybody know of any umbilical cord stem cell transplants successful for brain injuries?

Research ongoing: German researchers are looking at this idea using rats that suffered brain damage from too little oxygen. Their results are promising. However, even if it works out well in similar studies, it will be several years before it would be tested in humans. ...Read more

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Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival? Any possible impairment?

Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival?  Any possible impairment?

Not good : Sorry about this one, but there will be a suboptimal outcome at best. Survival may be issue, talk to your doctors, and perhaps an eeg can guide decisions, but hard to predict outcome of comas. Sounds like a profound traumatic event, and since young and severe, have a family conference with the treatment team, and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

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How is brain injury observation done?

How is brain injury observation done?

Constant vigilance: The patient should be checked every two hours for the first 24 hours after the injury. If the patient is asleep, he or she should be awakened. Seek emergency help if they are unusually sleep, confused, restless, agitated, nausea, vomitting, headache, unequal pupil size. ...Read more

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Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

Does c spinal cord injury affects brain function?

No: Spinal cord injury affects portions of the body b elow the site of the injury. The brain is not affected, but these injuries are frequently very disturbing and sometimes dangerous. The person suffering from this can be depressed and needing of assistance in many other ways. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

Poor survival rate: Brainstem gliomas are primary brain tumors that arise from the glial tissue and are usually astrocytomas (grades 1-4). Diagnosis is by mri. Rarely are these biopsied or operated upon because of their critical location in the brainstem. For the highest grade, survival is on the order of months. The lower grade may survive a couple of years. Radiation and chemotherapy do play a role in treatment. ...Read more

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How effective are stem cells for spinal disc injury?

How effective are stem cells for spinal disc injury?

Check Out: Regenexx.Com. Lots of info and links to clinical trials and studies there. Likely no approval for next several years like 5-10 years. Clinics are out there doing these procedures though. ...Read more

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High-grade glioma brain tumor, what to do?

Get best care: The optimal care for a high grade glioma will often be found at a major academic medical center. Treatment is first surgery, to remove the maximum amount of tumor possible, followed by radiation and chemotherapy, often together. All of this also requires good neuroradiology, good neuropathology, good nursing care and supportive care of all types. Don't be shy about asking for second opinions. ...Read more

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How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

How is brain tumor different from brain cancer?

Brain cancer spec: Brain cancer is a specific type of brain tumor. Brain tumors are graded from grade 1 (benign) to grade 4 (cancer). Hence, brain cancer is a specific sub-type of brain tumor. ...Read more

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What types of stroke does embryonic stem cell therapy succeed with?

What types of stroke does embryonic stem cell therapy succeed with?

Still being studied.: Seems like nowadays they are looking into stem cell therapies to cure just about everything; and hopefully one day they just might. I know there has been some press on the subject; but i believe clinical trials are still being conducted. I'll throw this out to my fellow 'tappers' for their input. Happy holidays! ...Read more

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What does brain stem compression mean?

What does brain stem compression mean?

Bad news: Means something is pushing on the brainstem. Because it controls breathing and other basic body functions, brainstem compression is very bad news, especially if it is rapid. ...Read more

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What are brain stem function?

What are brain stem function?

For life: Brain stem functions include most things we do reflexively without thinking, like breathing, swallowing, adjusting our heart rate to our environment, sweating on the face, moving our eyes in unison, keeping our balance and even digesting food. The brain stem also houses the nerves that innervate the structures of the head, including facial muscles. ...Read more

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S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?

S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?

Ask for more info: Signs and symptoms can vary greatly with any 'end-stage' cancer. Things like if it has spread to other organs, impacting functional status and alertness (sleeping more, in bed most of the time), causing pain/seizures, and so on. His doctors can maybe determine what is most likely. If not involved already ask for hospice or palliative care help as they could also help answer what the s/s might be. ...Read more

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How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

How serious is acute spinal cord injury?

Very: It can lead to paralysis. It needs to be managed by an expert in an appropriate setting. ...Read more

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How could stem cell therapies help restore nerves damage resulting from spina?

How could stem cell therapies help restore nerves damage resulting from spina?

Integration : Stem cells are pluripotent cells meaning they can be programmed to be anything. The problem or difficulty is the integration and fidelity to a specific site of interest like the spinal cord. There are a number of research going on that someday there would be a cure to the most devastating ailments. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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