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Is There A Typical Cause For Traumatic Brain Injury
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
It depends: There are different types of nerve injury regeneration depends upon an intact nerve sheath as well as the extent of crush injury to a nerve but it is possible for there to be degenerative nerve growth . It's important to receive physical therapy during the period of time we are waiting for recovery. ...Read more
TBI general injury: Traumatic brain injury is usually a problem that involves the entire brain. Some specific areas may be involved, but this is not very common. Speaking difficulties (dysarthria) occur when a very small part of the brain is affected, and it is located in an area where this does not happen very often. ...Read more
What would be the most common long term effects of sustaining a pretty bad head injury for a child?
Depends on degree: The degree of injury can give you an indication of the potential long term effects. Those patients requiring surgery with prolonged coma before "waking up" have more extensive neurological dysfunction. Those that wake up can have: cognitive deficits, developmental delay, focal weakness, spasticity or increased tone. Hydrocephalus can develop years later as a result of cerebral degeneration. ...Read more
Gelastic seizures: Can do this. Here is an internet site with some information. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/gelastic_seizure. ...Read more
Maybe: They can present in diff ways: due to damage to the neurons themselves (contussion or bleeding), damage to the white matter tracts (most common), or in worst cases with multiple injuries, progress to a neurodegenerative disease called CTE which shows pathology in TDP-43 and Tau (like frontotemporal lobar degeneration). They are all risk factors for DAT (alzheimers type) as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is it possible for injuries from a seizure (overdose)be seen as a beating severe trauma to the face ,
Yes, sometimes: Generalized tonic-clonic convulsions can result in a variety of injuries including biting of tongue and/or cheek, and even fracturing a vertebral body or other bones. If you fell forwards onto your face you could of course cause diffuse local injuries and bruises, even a broken nose. ...Read more
Does a brain injury only occur after a physical impact or is it possible that repeated trauma can have the same effect not the brain ?
Yes: When it occurs in the context of a single injury, dementia due to head trauma is usually nonprogressive, butrepeated head injury (e.g., from boxing) may lead to a progressive dementia . A single head trauma that is followed by a progressive decline in cognitive function should raise the possibility of dementia. ...Read more
Stroke and mood: Yes! Frontal lobe strokes can cause personality and/or mood changes. The FLs when healthy act as our "filter", keep us from losing control of our emotions, help us maintain attention, among other things. Damage to certain frontal areas can cause difficulty controlling anger, tendency to be 'black and white' in your thinking, or even depression. Yes these can be permanent, but also can be treated.. ...Read more
Is there a specific area of the brain that would more likely show a lesion or infarction if there is injury to a vertebral artery?
Is it possible to have Temporary Agnosia after a traumatic incident (besides that cause by a stroke)?
Yes it is: possible, with most brain injuries even with a concussion. Closed head injuries especially can cause temporary agnosia with some permanent sequelae as brain cells do not regenerate like most of the rest of the body. Please see a board certified neurologist ASAP for diagnosis and treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
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