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Can a brain injury effect a persons ability to digest food?

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Dr. Michael Ferrell
Radiology 16 years experience
Maybe: Brain injury can affect the body in a myriad of ways. Most common effects are cognitive, motor and sensory deficits. Digestion is regulated by the parasympathetic nervous system, and it is also possible that some of the symptoms you are experiencing may be related to brain injury. This would be best evaluated by a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor or a neurologist.
Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Not usually: Serious brain injury can affect swallowing, but not digestion of food.

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