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Is it harmful to the brain to have to much ammonia in body

A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yaw Otchere-Boateng
Specializes in Hospital-based practice
Encephalopathy: The stroke, may be more extensive than initially seen. Brain swelling which compresses on the brain stem may result in the inability to breath, swallo... Read More
Dr. Eric Weisman
Neurology 36 years experience
Elevated ammonia: will need to be brought down to below 76 (1.5 x upper limit of normal) This can be achieved with lactulose and neomycin or similar treatment. Recovery... Read More

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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kneece
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Days to weeks: Hard to say.Unfortunately does not sound good and depends on much multi organ failure and on how much pressure support with medication and ventilation... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
One normally: dose not think of observing pornography as being physically harmful. However, if you get headaches each time you watch it - this may be triggering mig... Read More
Dr. Nicholas Stratas
Psychiatry 61 years experience
Body talk: Sounds like your body and especially your head is trying to tell you something!
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
No, you're fine: This is about what many younger men do. I'm sorry anybody suggested it would make you sick, infertile, short-statured, acne-ridden, insensitive to the... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
Family Medicine 29 years experience
MRI has no radiation: If it is radiation that you are worried about, then MRI is the scan of choice for you since it has no radiation. That being said, you always have to ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gregory Haley
Psychiatry 33 years experience
No: Not harmful unless this causes you lots of distress.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Blood test.: A blood test can determine the ammonia level in your body.
A female asked:
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Irritating but no: Ammonia in concentrations you are likely to encounter are irritating and likely to make you cough, but not much more. At higher “industrial” concent... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Valencia
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Liver Encephalopathy: Ammonia levels are not usually measured unless a patient has chronic liver disease. Patients with severely elevated ammonia levels may present with al... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Yes, maybe: An ammonia test measures the amount of ammonia in the blood. Most ammonia in the body forms when protein is broken down by bacteria in the intestines.... Read More

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