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Doctor insights on: Why Could A Crushing Injury To The Occipital Bone Often Be Fatal

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Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Why could a crushing injury to the occipital bone often be fatal?

Brain damage: The occipital bone is one of the bones of the skull, located in the back of the head. It is overlying structures in the brain (like the brainstem) that are critical to life. If those areas of the brain are damaged by a crushing injury to the occipital bone, the patient could die. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Can you explain to me why crushing injury to the occipital bone is often fatal?

Sensitive are: The occipital bone houses the exit of the medulla, which controls functions like breathing & hear rate. It also protects the cerebellum, which coordinates motor function, as well as the visual cortex.. Hemorrhage or crush in these area has a high chance of causing major, irreversible brain injury. They are tight spaces in the brain and do not tolerate swelling/injury etc. ...Read more

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Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

Why is an injury to the occipital bone fatal?

IS IT?: Who says it is? Like with any injury it is not always, but is trauma is serious one bleeds inside the brain or between the brain and bone and the pressure generated causes what is called heriation. ...Read more

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Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck,shoulder,hands,back and leg?

Can a MVA cause a blow to the skull or brain injury that would send pain through the neck,shoulder,hands,back and leg?

Yes: The distribution of your pain may be due to either injury to the brain but also to the cervical spine. A MVA can certainly be responsible for an injury to the spinal cord high up in the neck. This area is the location of nerve fibers that arise from the areas that you mentioned. See either a neurosurgeon, orthopedic surgeon or neurologist. ...Read more

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Are there any hand, wrist or arm fractures that cannot possibily be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand? I'm a mystery writer and need an injury that could be due to someone deflecting the arm of a gun-wielding perp.

Are there any hand, wrist or arm fractures that cannot possibily be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand? I'm a mystery writer and need an injury that could be due to someone deflecting the arm of a gun-wielding perp.

Your : Your best bet is probably what is called the "nightstick" fracture. If you need some technical help, i could help with the ways to distinguish a "direct mechanism" fracture from an "indirect" one. While an ulnar shaft fracture can be caused by a fall, the pattern would be slightly different from a true "nightstick.". ...Read more

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Large lipoma in shoulder blade causing pain in arm. Can mri be enough for the diagnosing or could it be liposarcoma?

Large lipoma in shoulder blade causing pain in arm. Can mri be enough for the diagnosing or could it be liposarcoma?

MRI: is usually sufficient to make a presumptive diagnosis of lipoma. However, it may sometimes be difficult, particularly in larger lesions, to rule out a low grade liposarcoma due to some overlap in their appearances. Luckily, lipomas are extremely common, and liposarcomas are very uncommon. I ...Read more

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Is it possible for numbness on your skin from a traumatic brain injury to cause an abnormal ecg?

Is it possible for numbness on your skin from a traumatic brain injury to cause an abnormal ecg?

Not directly: Numbness itself won't cause am abnormal eeg. However the damaged area of the brain will. Remember that having a brain injury doesm't mean you don't have other causes of numbness like a nerve compression. Then your eeg would only show changes related to the brain injury. ...Read more

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Can a intermittent pinched nerve in the neck or spine cause orthostatic hypotention? If so how can this be fixed?

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Can a intermittent pinched nerve in the neck or spine cause orthostatic hypotention?  If so how can this be fixed?

Should not: A pinched nerve of any variety should not cause orthostatic hypotension. Talk to your physician as this suggests a potential vascular problem or other cause. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Would it be possible that a pinched nerve in the neck cause headache?

Yes: The nerves of the higher cervical junctions also innervate the muscles of the neck. As the neck hurts the body tries to immobilize the neck to decrease the pain. This can then cause the muscles in your neck and head to spasm causing a muscular headache. ...Read more

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With a severe whiplash type injury, can the throat become detached from the spine and would it show up on Xrays?

With a severe whiplash type injury, can the throat become detached from the spine and would it show up on Xrays?

The throat is not-: -connected to the spine. If a whiplash injury, the soft tissue in front of the spine can swell, & will B evident on a CT of the cervical spine. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Can a pinched nerve in back of neck kill you or cause you to not be able to swollow? Pain is base of skull into ear and up to top of skull.

Pinched nerve: Occurs when too much pressure is applied to a nerve by surrounding tissues. The common symptoms are numbness, sharp, aching or burning pain, which may radiate outward to your ear, eye, pharynx and extremities. Treatment: physical therapy, medications, cognitive behavioral therapy and acupuncture. The treatment is usually effective and no need to die. Rec.: see a pain management specialist. ...Read more

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Can a pinched nerve in the neck or head cause you to be off balance and have daily body tremors? How would a pinch nerve be diagnosed?

Yes: Some of the nerves in the neck connect with your balance system (c2), and this nerve is sometimes blocked to treat vertigo. Mri may be helpful, or it may not. Tremors are another issue and most likely unrelated. ...Read more

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Which type of a head injury would be instantly fatal?

Which type of a head injury would be instantly fatal?

Brain Injury : The severity of head injury is related to the amount of energy transmitted to the brain at the time of impact. Secondary injury to blood vessels causing bleeding in the brain causes further damage. If injury is severe enough to cause swelling or bleeding and increase the pressure in the brain greater than blood pressure, no blood flow in the brain will be allowed and death will occur. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a dying nerve can cause numbness in an arm?

Is it possible that a dying nerve can cause numbness in an arm?

Numbness: Interesting question. Numbness is a neurological symptom, and can be from a number of causes including inflammation, compression, trauma, infection, and other processes that can affect the molecular functioning of the nerve membrane. Most nerves in decay show some mixture of the negative quality of numbness along with positive symptoms like tingling or burning. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

Yes: Both a disc hernaition at l2-3 and lumbar stenosis from L1 to L4 can cause pain in the back of the thighs. A significant disc herniation may cause lumbar stenosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

IN PATIENTS WITH: Disc disease and or lumbar stenosis, what typically causes the hamstrings to hurt is the compensation that ocurrs over time in the way the patient walks. It typically leads to hamstring tendons shortening and discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

IN PATIENTS WITH: Disc disease and or lumbar stenosis, what typically causes the hamstrings to hurt is the compensation that ocurrs over time in the way the patient walks. It typically leads to hamstring tendons shortening and discomfort. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a herniated dics at l2/l3 can be the primary cause of bilateral hamstring pain or can it be attributed to stenosis from l1-l4?

IN PATIENTS WITH: Disc disease and or lumbar stenosis, what typically causes the hamstrings to hurt is the compensation that ocurrs over time in the way the patient walks. It typically leads to hamstring tendons shortening and discomfort. ...Read more

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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