Dr. Donald McCarren

Neurology
Collegeville, PA
38 years experience male

Locations

Office

Collegeville, PA

Address

555 2nd Ave, Suite C850, Collegeville, PA
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My office hours

Thursday: 7:00am - 4:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Aetna

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CHAMPUS

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State Farm Insurance Companies

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company

Tricare

Neurologic Health Associates, P.C.

Collegeville, PA

About

Bio

As I have made 50 I am renewed in my passion for medicine. My priorities have now changed as I am an "empty nester." I hope to pursue other areas of medicine such as the social media provided by Health Tap, The Academy of Neurology, and my local community. I am an avid Philadelphia sports fan and enjoy playing fantasy baseball and football. I try to work out regularly but love to find an excuse otherwise. I look forward to more travel with my wife and an opportunity to pursue other hobbies and keep my brain stimulated!

Specialties
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Neurology

Licenses

United States: Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

298 Answers
342 Agrees
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
I : I am sorry to hear of his dilemma. He has received appropriate treatment thus far but as you present it the side effects of the medication are outwei... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Your : Your description sounds like a fugue state which can represent an aura to a seizure. You should have a neurologic evaluation and see if the neurologi... Read More
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A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Traction radiculitis: Based on the info provided you could be irritating the lumbar nerve root which will either cause pain, pins and needles (paresthesias), numbness, and/... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Altered : Altered smell (kakosmia) and taste (dysgeusia) are not uncommon neurologic symptoms that have numerous causes. Kakosmia is more uncommon and has been... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
First : First you need to know the cause of your leg weakness before being able to establish a prognosis. I suggest that you have the neurologist communicate... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Based : Based on your description you are suffering from new daily persistent headaches. What is not clear is if you have a prior history of headaches which ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Burning Neuropathy: If your symptoms are symmetric then it suggests a peripheral neuropathy. This may present with restless legs particularly at night. A nerve root i... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Rx and cause depend: I am sorry to hear about your about your mother but don't get too worried yet. The list of causes is numerous. Usually we do some routine labs and f... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
I'm : I'm sorry to hear of your problem. I have a few questions that need to be addressed to better help you. Did you have a MRI of the cervical spine and... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
I'm : I'm sorry to hear of your symptoms. Dizziness has many potential causes so here are few key follow-up questions. Do the body aches have any connecti... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Non SSRI antidepress: Wellbutrin (bupropion) (buproprion hydrochloride) is an antidepressant/anxiolytic that works by inhibiting neuronal uptake of norepinephrine and Dopam... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No: You should take your observations seriously as it can have many causes. Thankfully most of the causes are not too serious but should be evaluated. P... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No Longer: I am sorry to hear of your dilemma and i presume you are in pain. The definition of constipation includes the following: infrequent bowel move... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Unclear cause asleep: If your symptoms are related to waking up and not being able to move or talk then you could be experiencing sleep paralysis. If so then you should be... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Would like more info: Dizziness (impairment in spatial perception and stability) has many potential causes. However, the most common subcategories can be broken down as fo... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Separate if possible: Performing a multi drug interaction check showed no significant drug-drug interactions. However, all three are metabolized by the liver so if you... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
It is a start: Kallmann syndrome is a disorder which results in the failure to start or complete puberty. It is shown by hypogonadism (low lcirculating sex related h... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Depends: The details provided are sketchy and definitions vary, but traditionally status epilepticus is defined as one continuous, unremitting seizure lasting ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No: Depression is a neurobiologic disorder and nothing to do with being selfish. Please seek help so you do not feel this way. Good luck.
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A member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Possible Neuropathy: If the problem is just limited to the median nerve (cts) then the cts is likely moderate in severity. However, if there is involvement of the ulnar... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
More info needed: Left-sided asthenia is vague. Cognitive problems are a global issue. I agree with dr. Bose that it's unlikely to be responsible for those symptoms. Me... Read More
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A 73-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Best to titrate: Is always best to titrate a medication when dealing with the central nervous system. It's also not good to abruptly stop a medication that primarily w... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Should be fine: Of course with a laminectomy they're removing a portion of the vertebrae. However there still stability and since no fusion was required you should be... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Typically No: The buzzing is a sensory symptom that is not usually present in ALS which involves the motor system. It signifies possible involvement of the large f... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Aspergers: Please see the official website at www.Usautism .Org for the specifics. In essence individuals with this disorder have difficulty understanding the e... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Broad differential: The differential is long and includes kidney stones, diverticulitis, and lumbar spine disease amongst others. Please visit your primary care doctor t... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Broad Differential: It depends upon whether you are awakened by these symptoms in association with movement. If so, BPPV (benign positional vertigo) becomes more likely.... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Poss c-spine prob: Hoffman's sign is used by clinicians when there is a suspicion of cervical spine pathology possibly pressing on the spinal cord. The sign is more acc... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Broad differential: Your question entails a discussion of episodic neurology. In general this represents either seizures, migraine, or metabolic disturbance. Your reporte... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Do you mean white: Matter disease? If so, the most common causes of white matter disease include hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, cigarette smoking, and a family... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Several ways: Ways to test for dysautonomia include a thermoregulatory sweat test, tilt table testing, gastric emptying testing, urodynamics, quantitative sudomotor... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No it will not: Syringomyelia usually arises from a congenital abnormality or can be brought on by trauma. It's an abnormal expansion of the canal in the center of y... Read More
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A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
DaT scan: The diagnostic imaging technique (known as datscan) detects the presence of Dopamine transporters (dat) in the brain. The test provides detailed pictu... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Not usually: Stimulants usually help with attention and organization. In fact i will make sure patients are treated for anxiety before starting stimulants as stimu... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Broad term: Inflammation is part of the innate immune response following insults to the body which can spread into the central nervous system (cns). Inflammation... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Not usually ominous : While these symptoms are not a call for a major concern, they do merit further investigation. You should try to speak with a neurologist and get the c... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Vestibular Neuritis?: Vestibular neuritis refers to an inner ear disorder without an identifiable cause. It can occur as a single event or recurrent attacks frequently ass... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Hydrocephalus: There are several reasons for hydrocephalus which can be broken down into congenital and acquired conditions. Some examples include aqueductal stenos... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Mixed cryoglobulin: Most of the literature regarding cryoglobulinemia and neurologic complications is in reference to peripheral neuropathies and not central nervous syst... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No but watch ETOH: Shouldn't be a problem taking vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) and alcohol with the time difference. However if you drink 1 to 2 glasses of alcohol in the e... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No good answer yet: It is believed that parkinson's disease like many other neurodegenerative diseases arise from a combination of factors including genetics and environm... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Addiction?: Of course being addicted to anything is not good by the very nature of the word. As aristotle has said temperance is a mean between the excess of int... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
See a Neurologist: Pain behind the ear can come from mastoiditis but other causes include transverse/sigmoid sinus thrombosis, cervical spine disease, cervical dystonia.... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
No and why vomiting?: No i would not take another lexapro (escitalopram). The more important question is why are you vomiting? This needs more immediate attention . Plea... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Coital migraine: Your description is that of coital migraine. It frequently occurs near orgasm and it is treatable with indomethacin. I usually ask patients to take it... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Need more info: The differential diagnosis is broad but the most common cause is generalized anxiety disorder. I try to explain to my patients that it is impossible b... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Established Options: The medications that have been shown to prevent migraines include topamax, (topiramate) inderal, elavil, depakote, and most recently butterbur. There... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Poss but not Prob: Some more information would be useful. For instance, if you have lesions involving the spinal cord then multiple sclerosis remains the most likely dia... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Yes: Sciatica refers to to pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It is caused by injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Trauma is one of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald McCarren
Neurology 38 years experience
Interictal findings: A seizure does not need to occur to find abnormalities between seizures. These are called interictal abnormalities and can be enhanced with sleep depr... Read More
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Testimonials
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May 11, 2013
I strongly recommend Dr. McCarren. The information he provides is both helpful to the general public and to his fellow physicians on Health Tap. He is clearly very knowledgable about Neurology & medic...Read More
Mar 10, 2013
Dr. McCarren responds with thorough yet easy-to-comprehend answers to neurological questions. I learn a lot from him here on HealthTap, and very much appreciate his presence.
Very comprehensive and timely answers. He is nationally known for his expertise.
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! thank You, Just saw my results on line of my MTI and doc's office doesn't have an appointment for me to follow up until the one I have scheduled in March. Many Thing sho...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! MRI states a few scattered foci of adnormal T2/flare hypersensitivity (periventricular white matter) largest lesion 5mm
HealthTap member
Thanks for your quick reply! I was hit in head with baseball bat. history of drug & alcohol abuse. quit smoking 2 yrs ago. I suspect a couple of mini strokes...seizures

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Vanderbilt University
Graduated 1985MD

Residency

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Residency

Main Line Hospital Bryn Mawr Campus

Residency

St. Agnes Medical Center

Awards

Certificate of Merit, The Alumni Association of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Patient's Choice Award, Healthgrades
Top Doctor in Neurology, Main Line Times

Affiliations

American Academy of Neurology
American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
Pennsylvania Medical Society

Publications

X-linked Pure Familial Spastic Paraparesis: Characterization of a large kindred with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies
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