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Are There Good Alternative Medicines For Kids With Periventricular Leukomalacia
No: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition where brain tissue has been lost in so-called "water-shed" areas. Since the tissue is gone, there is no treatment per se, although one may need to treat associated disorders, such as muscle stiffness or dysfunction, with medical or non-medical therapies. ...Read more
Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is a form of white-matter brain injury, characterized by the necrosis (more often coagulation) of white matter near the lateral ventricles. It can affect newborns and (less commonly) fetuses; premature infants are at the greatest ...Read more
Would like to know what immediate action can be taken for a child (11 yrs ) suffering from "periventricular leukomalacia" has an attack of fits. ?
Loss of blood flow &: oxygen causes death of white matter around the fluid-filled ventricles of the fetal brain, often between 26-42 wks. More common in "preemies", some causes are infection, maternal cocaine or meth use & bleeding in the ventricles. Pediatric neurologists treat Spastic Cerebral Palsy & Seizures. Special Education is needed for Intellectual Disability or Specific Learning Disability. See below. ...Read more
Can a combination of omega fatty acids 3, 6, 9 along with spirulina be helpful in treating "periventricular leukomalacia" for a kid of 11 years?
Unlikely to matter: Pvl is similar to having the corn crop die when it doesn't get rain. The nerve cells, like the corn, have a limited chance to grow & form & if nutrients don't come in time it dies.Nerves will not repair or regenerate after they die. Pvl reflects such an injury. Good basic nutrition allows you to maximize any remaining nerves, but extra herbs & supplements just create expensive urine. ...Read more
Discriptive term: Pvl is used to describe changes in the appearance of the brain substance that is adjacent to the ventricles of the brain (spinal fluid containing sacs in the middle). This occurs when blood flow or oxygen delivery to those sites was interupted and injury occured. Outcome is variable & movement disorders& motor delay are common. Therapy will often improve outcome. Developmental followup is a must. ...Read more
PVL is caused by : lack of blood flow & oxygen to the white matter around the ventricles of the brain, an area most susceptible to damage around the end of the 2nd trimester. Severity of impairment varies widely, but isn't seen right away. Start Early Intervention therapy at 4-6 weeks as "Early Prevention" for optimal outcome. See: http://cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/cause/periventricular-leukomalacia/ ...Read more
PVL: Periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) is a form of white-matter brain injury, characterized by the necrosis (more often coagulation) of white matter near the lateral ventricles. It can affect newborns and (less commonly) fetuses; premature infants are at the greatest risk of the disorder. ...Read more
Dr. F. discussed: acute care. At the time of discharge from the NICu, an MRI of the brain is most predictive of outcome. The NICU will give you contact info for your state's Early Intervention Program. Enroll your baby & start services right away, even though you probably won't see any signs of motor impairment, as Occupational & Physical Therapy can minimize development of abnormal motor patterns. ...Read more
See below: There is no specific treatment.Get a more detailed answer ›
A problem...: Pvl as defined above is an type of brain injury that occurs in infants; the tissues surrounding the "ventricles"(which house fluid) are damaged leading to 'holes'. The problem arises in that there is no curative treatment for this disorder as of today; treatment focuses on helping the baby/child cope with the developmental and neurological consequences of the disorder in the first 2 years of life. ...Read more
I just had an MRI:
Right peritrigonal chronic leukomalacia with some gliosis and compensatory dilatation of right trigone.
What does this mean and could it be causing dizziness and balance problems?
Abnormal MRI: Possibly--you should be seeking a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon's opinion. ...Read more
Several: Discuss this with your own physician, but some people find benefit in the use of valerian, passion flower, or kava-kava. Be aware that the latter has been implicated in liver dysfunction in some patients. Also classical homeopathy with a skilled homeopath taking your case, can be very helpful. As my colleague states, cbt can be very useful -- but is not really "alternative medicine.". ...Read more
Meningioma: Meningioma is usually a slow-growing, benign tumor of the protective coverings of the brain/spinal cord. They can be found incidentally on MRI scans -- and unless pressing on other structures, they're usually observed rather than operated upon. I do know of cases where homeopathy has seemed to resolve such tumors. It requires astute, complete casetaking by a skilled professional homeopath. ...Read more
No: Nothing that works as well as prescribed drugs, which are very effective. ...Read more
Integrative therapy: Alternative treatments for depression include acupuncture, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, meditation, coaching, and herbal supplementation. St. John's wort has been shown to improve mild depression. Of course, it is best to see a trained holistic professional before starting this or any alternative or traditional therapy. ...Read more
Yes there are: I can't possibly cover all the alterativs that help. I'll assume you mean in addition to antibiotics which you are taking. Support adrenal system with adaptogens like eleuthero senticosis, panax ginseng, rhodiols rosea, holy basil. These help rebalance andrenals, support immune system and restore energy. Drink lots of water w/lemon juice, eat organic fruits & veggies. Check out your thyroid too. ...Read more
Mandibular advanceme: Dental appliances to open the airway during sleep can be fabricated by a sleep medicine-trained dentist. ...Read more
Many approaches: There are many alternative approaches including bodywork (chiropractic/osteopathic/massage), acupuncture, frequency specific microcurrent, prolotherapy/prolozone, vitamins/minerals/amino acids & other supplements, herbal medicines, homeopathy, biofeedback, yoga, chi gong & relaxation techniques. Whatever modality, it is best to find the underlying cause & contributing factors & address those issues. ...Read more
None: If alternative medicine works, then it's medicine. The key is to find a holistic medical practitioner that will and can prescribe the best treatment for you based on your diagnosis and the best available treatment. Many therapies that fall under alternative medicine are based on pseudoscience and are potentially harmful. Find a trustworthy md that practices holistically. ...Read more