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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Overview)

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, cushings d, and others.


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How does brain damage cause tachycardia?

How does brain damage cause tachycardia?

Sympathetic discharg: After a traumatic brain injury (tbi), particularly a severe one, there can be a loss of sympathetic regulation. The sympathetic nervous system can be uncontrolled and there is a discharge of hormones that can lead to symptoms that include hypertension and tachycardia. This can be very severe and discomforting. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
313 doctors shared insights

Brain Damage (Overview)

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, cushings d, and others.


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Why is deja vu a symptom of brain damage?

Why is deja vu a symptom of brain damage?

Not really: Deja vu is a symptom of temporal lobe seizures which may be from brain damage but could also be from faulty wiring of the temporal lobe that happened spontaneously. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub eye
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What causes similar symptoms to brain damage?

What causes similar symptoms to brain damage?

Damage?: Do you mean damage from physical trauma? Many things can cause similar symptoms. Medications are probablly the most common cause of altered mental status, poor cognition, and problems with coordination or motor function. But dietary imbalances, dementia (alzheimer's type), previous infarcts or even brain tumors can cause similar sypmtoms. ...Read more

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How much marijuana abuse does it take to see signs of brain damage?

How much marijuana abuse does it take to see signs of brain damage?

Depends: Temporary brain dysfunction from the first dose lasting at least 24 hours. No clear cut permanent damage at any exposure although it may take weeks to recover normal function after daily use. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help now
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Try not to diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle--have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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Need diagnosis for 15 yr. Old son. School thinks may have autism, ocd, anoxic brain damage? Have never been able to get diagnosis. What doc to go to?

Need diagnosis for 15 yr. Old  son. School thinks may have autism, ocd, anoxic brain damage? Have never been able to get diagnosis. What doc to go to?

School saying Help!: An evaluation by a team - dbpede, neurologist, neuropsychologist, child psychiatrist, et al will establish both categorical & etiologic diagnoses & provide recommendations for medical, educational, behavioral & social/adaptive interventions to help your son function to the best of his ability in his transition to adulthood. Idea requires the school to pick a category for services & they need help. ...Read more

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I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

I was first diagnosed with tick borne encephalitis in 2009. Still get sick all the time. Now have brain damage as a result of the infection.?

Sorry to hear that: Unfortunately, encephalitis contracted from any source (ticks, mosquitos, etc.) can result in neurological dysfunction. If you were treated for the appropriate tick illness, there should not be any remaining infective agent, but it is possible that your immune system may be slightly disrupted. See you doctor for a reevaluation. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

Have a check-up with your orthopedic or sports doc
Monthly
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Are there better tests for brain damage in high school football players, test where the baseline can not be lowered to hide future concusions?

Are there better tests for brain damage in high school football players, test where the baseline can not be lowered to hide  future concusions?

MRI: Baseline tests such as the impact test are important in following a player prospectively to see their response to concussions. Newer MRI tests may provide a better way to document concussions. There are special MRI scans that detect changes in the white matter fiber tracks.They also detect micro hemorrhages.In the future, as these techniques become accepted, this might be a way to assess concussion. ...Read more

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Living with a Brain Tumor (Checklist)

Eat a balanced diet
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Tell doctor about neurological changes
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Get EEG if you have lapses
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Follow doctor's advice
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Can diesel fumes cause brain damage?

Can diesel fumes cause brain damage?

Not alone: The new diesel 2 is very clean. It is not toxic. Old diesel fumes could be irritating, but not dangerous. The major risk is too much fumes with carbon monoxide instead of oxygen. This can occur with any exhaust especially poorly functioning heaters or old cars. ...Read more

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If the EEG result of a 1y/o is ABNORMAL is that mean there's a brain damage?

If the EEG result of a 1y/o is ABNORMAL is that mean there's a brain damage?

Not necessarily: An abnormal EEG only means that the brain waves being measured did not follow an expected pattern. There are many reasons why an EEG can be read as abnormal. Try not to worry too much until you have a chance to sit and discuss it with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat brain damage caused by anti psychotics?

Treatment: There are no specific treatments for the brain damage caused by anti psychotics, most likely tardive dyskinesia, there are treatments that can control the symptoms. ...Read more

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How can taccycardia from brain damage be treated?

How can taccycardia from brain damage be treated?

Same: The same way any arrythmia is treated. Not sure why the arrythmia was blamed on brain damage. Hope a heart specialist has looked at this. ...Read more

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Is there a treatment for brain damage caused by overdose of anti-psychotic medication taken as a young child?

Is there a treatment for brain damage caused by overdose of anti-psychotic medication taken as a young child?

Likely no: As you can imagine, this is a very general question without any details regarding the actual medication given, the medication effects, the patient's psychiatric disease, nor any imaging or psychologic exam findings. In spite of the general nature of the question, it is fairly safe to say that any damage potentially caused by medications as a child would be irreversible in adults. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment and recovery rate for brain damage?

What is the best treatment and recovery rate for brain damage?

Great question: This has been an active area of research for decades, first with post-stroke damage, and now post-TBI. There are some clinical trials you might want to track (clinical.trials.gov) to see if any are open / recruiting. Brain damage healing varies between people and circumstances. Neuropsych testing can show positive change in some people out to 2 years. Sorry about your injury, best wishes ...Read more

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Will there ever be a cure for brain damage/cerebral palsy?

Perhaps: With new techniques in developing stem cells which can regenerate specific tissues. We can only hope. ...Read more

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What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?

What is the initial treatment, by the emt's, for brain injury in an infant to prevent further brain damage?

ABC's: Airway, breathing, circulation. These are the tenets of "in the field" first aid. They establish an airway (can be basic or actual endotracheal tube), breathing (mouth to mouth or bag/mask ventilation can also give oxygen) and (circulation: chest compressions)... That is generally all that is at their disposal. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more