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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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Is ruptured brain abscess considered brain injury or traumatic brain injury?

Is  ruptured brain abscess considered brain injury or traumatic brain injury?

No: A brain abscess is a medical emergency and is due to a localized brain infection. If it ruptures, meningitis could occur and cause death. Unless there has been an open head injury, trauma does not directly cause infection. Physical injury such as falling and striking the head results maybe in "traumatic brain injury". ...Read more

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Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Depends on a lot: This is often the debate which engages forensic neuropsychologists (see http://forensicneuropsychology.Com) and forensic neurologists. Results can vary greatly even with similar ct or MRI findings. Generally severity, presence of intracranial bleeding, elevated icp, early or especially post-traumatic seizures, locaiton of injury, shearing, and pre-injury factors ie. Age, prior injury, health etc. ...Read more

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Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

Is traumatic brain injury same as brain damaged?

No: It's not about being politically correct. It is specific to damage from trauma (such as car crash, etc), rather than other types of damage (stroke, etc). ...Read more

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Is ruptured brain abscess considered traumatic brain injury?

Is ruptured brain abscess considered traumatic brain injury?

No: A brain abscess is a medical emergency and is due to a localized brain infection. If it ruptures, meningitis could occur and cause death. Unless there has been an open head injury, trauma does not directly cause infection. Physical injury such as falling and striking the head results maybe in "traumatic brain injury". ...Read more

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Does multiple head traumas cause brain ischemia?

Does multiple head traumas cause brain ischemia?

Post-traumatic: Repetitive head trauma results in tissue changes quite similar to alzheimers but the lesions are closer to the brain surface. This was first noted in "punch drunk syndrome" in boxing. There is likely some affect on blood flow (ischemia), as one could conceive of a local type of bruising, but this not fully clarified. Regardless the nfl and nhl are both paying a lot of attention these days. ...Read more

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Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Could spinal cord injury cause cognitive injuries?

Not by itself: Spinal cord injury alone does not account for cognitive impairments, however, often there is an overlooked closed head injury to blame. Any injury of sufficient force to cause cord injury could cause concussion. Another possibility is that medications used to treat the effects spinal cord injury (bladder meds, spasticity meds, pain meds) can cause impairments in awareness, memory, etc. ...Read more

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Can brain injuries or brain damage cause deafness?

Can brain injuries or brain damage cause deafness?

Yes: We don't hear with our ears, we hear with our brains. Injury to the auditory nerve from the ear to the brain or injury to the areas of the brain involved with hearing can result in deafness, . ...Read more

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Hypoperfusion causes brain damage?

Yes: How did you measure the hypoperfusion, just low blood pressure, anemia, low heart rate, or you measured the cerebral blood flow. ...Read more

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Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Are febrile seizures considered brain injury?

Not usually: These are not entirely uncommon before age 5 when the brain is not very mature and has less ability to suppress excess electrical activity inside the brain. The further it is after that age, it is much more important to bring this to medical or neurological attention. A few early febrile seizures before age 5 usually would not be associated with any significant brain injury or findings. ...Read more

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Does hyperbaric oxygen help brain injury or stroke?

Does hyperbaric oxygen help brain injury or stroke?

Yes: We have used hbot for brain injuries of all types for over 10 years and have gotten excellent results. If i ever have a condition of this kind, an hbot chamber is one of the first places i want to be. Jain's textbook of hyperbaric medicine is a good starting place for info about the effects of hbot. ...Read more

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Can brain injury lead to autism?

Can brain injury lead to autism?

Not by definition: A brain injury under the age of three, would fit the research definition as a cause of cerebral palsy and any associated limitations would be part of it. After three, the limitations would be brain injury related. The complex interplay of language, social and other features of autism do not fit a the pattern of an injury as it affects too many different areas of the brain at the same time. ...Read more

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What's a traumatic brain injury?

What's a traumatic brain injury?

Brain damage: Tbi- traumatic brain injury is when the brain is injured from a strike, fall, accident, explosion or any other concussive injury to the head injuring the underlying soft brain tissue. They can be mild from concussion to severe such as persistent vegetative state. ...Read more

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Brain injury oxygen deprivation are there institutions which specialize in brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation after taking oxycoten?

Brain injury oxygen deprivation are there institutions which specialize in brain injuries due to oxygen deprivation after taking oxycoten?

Yes: Sorry to hear about your loved one. There is nothing specific about oxycontin-induced anoxic brain injury; however, there are rehab facilities that do specialize in brain injury. Much can be done to help some patients to regain some of their activities of daily living, however most of this is general to all brain injury. Look for good management of family expectations while maximizing function. ...Read more

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Can a brain injury cause dysarthria?

Can a brain injury cause dysarthria?

Yes: Damage to the area of the brain that controls the muscles of speech and swallowing can cause dysarthria. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between brain injury and traumatic brain injury?

Whats the difference between brain injury and traumatic brain injury?

Cause: An eventual brain injury can be due to decreased blood flow (stroke), or an aneurysm (hemorrhage), or low blood sugar or low oxygen (hypoxia). When the term traumatic is used, the cause is a physical injury like being hit hard over the head after falling. Unfortunately any severe brain insult could affect future fnctn quite severely. ...Read more

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Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Regarding traumatic brain injury.Does recovery occurs at primary injury or secondary injury?

Please clarify: I am not understanding the question on traumatic brain injury and how recovery takes place...Or when? Would like to help you understand this entity a bit better. ...Read more

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What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

What symptoms follow traumatic brain injury?

Several: Acutely you have headache, pain at the trauma site, possibly memory loss, over time there can be has, mood symptoms, memory symptoms, behavioral issues. ...Read more

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Do all concussions involve brain damage?

Do all concussions involve brain damage?

In a word, Yes: By definition, a concussion involves injury to the brain such as compression, bruising, or nerve damage. You may suffer a concussion without loss of consciousness, but if the brain suffers bruising and injury, it is a concussion. ...Read more

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Can concussions cause a brain aneurysm??

Can concussions cause a brain aneurysm??

NO POSSIBILITY: Concussions NEVER cause brain aneurysms. Where did this idea originate? ...Read more

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How do you define anoxic brain injury?

How do you define anoxic brain injury?

No oxygen: An anoxic brain injury is caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. This can be global in nature, as in chocking or near-drowning, or it can be local, as in a stroke. ...Read more

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What is anoxic brain injury?Is it enough to determine the patient has it by just having an eeg

What is anoxic brain injury?Is it enough to determine the patient has it by just having an eeg

Usually: Physicians rely on a history, physical examination, a period of observation of the patient and changes in their examination, eeg, and ct of brain and/or MRI of brain to make this diagnosis. I'm sorry you and your loved one are going through this. ...Read more

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Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Can 5 weeks of pulmonary hypertension (as well as a few other diagnoses) lead to moderate anoxic brain injury? A patient in his early 50's receives diagnosis of mssa- causing pulmonary hypertension, chf, aortic valve regurgitation, a stretched mitral valv

Endocarditis: Anoxic brain injury can occur after cardiac arrest. The heart disease you mention could lead to cardiac arrest but you did not mention this in your history. I am concerned about endocarditis, infection of the heart valve, with history of mssa bacteremia. ...Read more

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Can you re-write me a prescription for Xanax (alprazolam) 2mg XR, since my anoxic brain injury which was in March they cut me off and my life is just getting worse?

Can you re-write me a prescription for Xanax (alprazolam) 2mg XR, since my anoxic brain injury which was in March they cut me off and my life is just getting worse?

Controlled drug: Xanax (alprazolam) Is a controlled medication and must be prescribed by a licensed physician. Speak with your primary care doctor or request a referral to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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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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Slight and transit brain injury?

Good question: The brain is very complex. Brief disruption can happen, and full recovery can occur. A transient ischemic event can happen. Concussion can happen. A seizure can happen. A migraine can happen. A psychotic break can happen. All can recover fully or leave deficits. A good neurologist can help determine cause and effect. ...Read more

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What are the tests for brain injury?

What are the tests for brain injury?

Neuroimaging: The most widely used tests are neuroimaging - CAT scan and MRI scans of many forms. Other tests include electroencephalogram, evoked potentials and most important, the clinical neurological examination. ...Read more

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What are common causes of brain injury?

CDC guidelines: According to cdc: the leading causes of tbi are: falls (35.2%); motor vehicle – traffic (17.3%); struck by/against events (16.5%); and assaults (10%). The link for the above is at: http://www.Cdc.Gov/traumaticbraininjury/causes.Html. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a brain injury.?

Describe the features of a brain injury.?

Brain injury: Organic brain injury is not a disease in itself. Instead, this term refers to any number of conditions that frequently lead to decreased mental functioning, usually trauma, but causes may include infection (meningitis), poisons (carbon monoxide), tumors. With the iraqi and afghanistan wars there has been a dramatic increase in closed head injury with resulting brain injury. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I have a brain injury?

What to do if I think I have a brain injury?

Brain injury: It really depends on the injury, how severe it was and the resultant effect on you. If "you think" you have had a brain injury then it is likely not that severe. If you think it was more severe then you need to consult with a neurologist for an evaluation to determine how severe or not severe the injury might be. ...Read more

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What should you do if you have had a brain injury?

What should you do if you have had a brain injury?

Let me explain: You have to try to understand your injury? What are your limitations? You have to try to live with your limitation? Do not bashful to ask for gaudiness and help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why am I so scared of everything after a brain injury?

Why am I so scared of everything after a brain injury?

Need evaluation: Are you concerned about re-injury? Was it a traumatic brain injury? Frontal lobe affected? Have you been diagnosed with depression or post traumatic stress disorder? This is not a simple subject- It isn't one we can answer on HealthTap Basic. It is worth discussing with your neurologist. Take care. ...Read more

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What's a traumatic brain injury?

Brain damage: Tbi- traumatic brain injury is when the brain is injured from a strike, fall, accident, explosion or any other concussive injury to the head injuring the underlying soft brain tissue. They can be mild from concussion to severe such as persistent vegetative state. ...Read more

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How is brain injury observation done?

How is brain injury observation done?

Constant vigilance: The patient should be checked every two hours for the first 24 hours after the injury. If the patient is asleep, he or she should be awakened. Seek emergency help if they are unusually sleep, confused, restless, agitated, nausea, vomitting, headache, unequal pupil size. ...Read more

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What is a dissecting brain injury is?

What is a dissecting brain injury is?

Damage to artery: Dissection usually relates to injury to an artery when part of the multilayer of the artery partially tears and blood gets between the layers. ...Read more

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How does one get hypoxic brain injury?

How does one get hypoxic brain injury?

Lack of oxygen: Hypoxia means a lack of oxygen. inadequate oxygen can be acquired from a cardiac/respiratory arrest, from being overcome as a result of a fire, carbon monoxide intoxication, severe respiratory distress. ...Read more

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Safe to fly if you have a brain injury?

It depends: The main issue is how old is the brain injury - acute injuries are likely to be aggravated by flight as most planes require pressurization in the cabin which affects oxygen levels needed for healing. Chronic injuries are different. Also what kind of plane, what kind of injury. And i assume you mean as a passenger as flight regulations are very strict about pilot's health! ...Read more

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Traumatic brain injury always permanent?

Depends on a lot: This is often the debate which engages forensic neuropsychologists (see http://forensicneuropsychology.Com) and forensic neurologists. Results can vary greatly even with similar ct or MRI findings. Generally severity, presence of intracranial bleeding, elevated icp, early or especially post-traumatic seizures, locaiton of injury, shearing, and pre-injury factors ie. Age, prior injury, health etc. ...Read more

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