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Are there good alternative medicines for kids with periventricular leukomalacia?

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

Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Periventricular Leukomalacia (Definition)

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


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Would like to know what immediate action can be taken for a child (11 yrs ) suffering from "periventricular leukomalacia" has an attack of fits. ?

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

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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?

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

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I am a basket case. My son has periventricular leukomalacia. Can you tell me something about it?

I am a basket case. My son has periventricular leukomalacia. Can you tell me something about it?

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

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What's the prognosis for periventricular leukomalacia (pvl) in a baby?

What's the prognosis for periventricular leukomalacia (pvl) in a baby?

See below: The prognosis varies. It depends on the severity of the pvl, and any other problems. The child should have his/her development followed closely. They may benefit from early intervention services, as well. ...Read more

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What's periventricular leukomalacia?

What's periventricular leukomalacia?

Periventricular Leuk: Premature infant is prone to cerebral hemorrhage.Infarction of the periventricular white matter is called periventricular leukomalacia. ...Read more

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What is periventricular leukomalacia?

What is periventricular leukomalacia?

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

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What are the tests for periventricular leukomalacia?

What are the tests for periventricular leukomalacia?

Visible on US or CT: An ultrasound done through the soft spot will often detect pvl. Ct or MRI might also be helpful but the cranial ultrasound is easy to do & requires little preparation or stress on the patient so it is the more common study for this dx. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of periventricular leukomalacia?

What are the symptoms of periventricular leukomalacia?

Symptoms: Periventricular leukomalacia is a condition that mostly affects preterm infants. The hallmark symptom present in these children is a bilateral spasticity of the lower limbs. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Periventricular leukomalacia?

What is the definition or description of: Periventricular leukomalacia?

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

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What is the treatment for periventricular leukomalacia?

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

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How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

How common is periventricular leukomalacia in babies born full term?

Uncommon: Very uncommon. Periventricular leukomalacia, or white matter pathology, represents some pathological process has occurred or is occurring. This would require an understanding of cause and perhaps an action plan wrt treatment, if possible. ...Read more

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What is periventricular leukomalasia (pvl)?

What is periventricular leukomalasia (pvl)?

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

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What exactly is perivintriculoleukomalacia ?

What exactly is perivintriculoleukomalacia ?

Infant brain injury: Periventricular leukomalacia is a brain injury that can occur in infants that kills bits of brain tissue surrounding the ventricles. ...Read more

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Any good alternative medicines for the flu?

Any good alternative medicines for the flu?

Not Really: For a cure, nothing proven. For comfort, hydrate and use fever reducers . Avariety of products are mentioned such as vitamins, herbal products, but nothing proven to work. ...Read more

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What are some alternative medicines to help treat tendinitis?

What are some alternative medicines to help treat tendinitis?

NSAIDs: Usually the treatments involve rest ice and nsaids
there are many different ones some being over the counter and some prescription
try to stay away from straight pain meds. ...Read more

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Are there alternative medicines to deal with my sleep problems?

Are there alternative medicines to deal with my sleep problems?

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

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What are some alternative medicines for fibroids?

What are some alternative medicines for fibroids?

Progesterone: Progesterone may help the bleeding. I doubt it will reduce their size. Lupron (leuprolide) is a temporary medicine to help reduce the size, but has many side effects. ...Read more

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Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

Alternative medicines like homeopathy for meningioma?

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

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Any recommended alternative medicines and/or home remedies for depression?

Any recommended alternative medicines and/or home remedies for depression?

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

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What alternative medicines can help relieve symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

What alternative medicines can help relieve symptoms of chronic Lyme disease?

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

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Can Alternative Medicines cure type 1 or type 2 Diabetes so one would no longer have diabetes?

Can Alternative Medicines cure type 1 or type 2 Diabetes so one would no longer have diabetes?

No : No. Lifestyle changes can occasionally revert type 2 diabetes to normal, but still that person is at desk for the diabetes to return at a later date. But no data have shown any benefit of alternative medicines (i.e., the "medicines" WITHOUT proven efficacy or safety). ...Read more

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What are the alternative medicines to address sleep apnea?

What are the alternative medicines to address sleep apnea?

Mandibular advanceme: Dental appliances to open the airway during sleep can be fabricated by a sleep medicine-trained dentist. ...Read more

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What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used for musculoskeletal problems?

What kind of alternative medicines and treatments are used  for musculoskeletal problems?

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

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What are the pros and cons of alternative medicines against traditional medicines?

What are the pros and cons of alternative medicines against traditional medicines?

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

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I am unable to afford provigil and was wondering if there any alternative medicines I can take?

I am unable to afford provigil and was wondering if there any alternative medicines I can take?

Provigil: Depends on what it's used for, for example if used for sleep disorder with excess daytime sleepiness, then generic form of stimulant such as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) might be an option. ...Read more