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No: The x ray radiation in a CT has no measurable or known effect on neural tissues. 1) dose is way too low and 2) nerves are relatively radioresistant since the cells don't reproduce very fast, if at all. There is a theoretical risk of cataracts and cancer years later, but this is incredibly small esp. for a single scan and controversial anyway. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival? Any possible impairment?
Not good : Sorry about this one, but there will be a suboptimal outcome at best. Survival may be issue, talk to your doctors, and perhaps an eeg can guide decisions, but hard to predict outcome of comas. Sounds like a profound traumatic event, and since young and severe, have a family conference with the treatment team, and get all your questions answered. ...Read more
Is there a known correlation between brain activity and disease (e.G pancreatic cancer and brain activity)?
Myths: There is a "pop" notion that bad attitudes cause cancer. This is both totally false and cruel. Advanced cancer of most sorts may produce chemicals that slow brain activity and cause fatigue, and rarely the immune response to a tumor will attack the brain, though this almost never happens with pancreatic cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: Epilepsy is just the clinical condition of a risk for recurrent seizures. Some cases are clearly due to drug abuse, alcohol abuse, metabolic disorders or other medical causes. The major issue is cause. Is this a primary disorder or secondary to some other cause? More important would be plan of management. These issues need to be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more
Age 39 Smoker Male, Blood Sugar Normal; TIA Stroke 1 week back.Taking Ecosprin AV75. MRI Brain: Tiny ischemic foci on both froantal lobe. Any risk?
63yodad ischemic stroke 2wks ago. Before had a DVT & asymptomatic brain aneurysm. @risk for falls from motor control issues. Should he start coumadin (warfarin)?
Risk / benefit tool?: Secondary Prevention of Stroke is important in reducing risk of recurrent stroke and potentially severe disability. Warfarin is indicated in Secondary Prevention if the patient has a diagnosis of Atrial Fibrillation. CHA2DS2-VASc and the HASBLED Scores at www.mdcalc.com can give some objective measure to help patient in discussion with doctor assess risk / benefit of anti-coagulation. A guide only ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Brain: Overall risk of intracerebral hemorrhage of 2-4% per year, angiographic assessment is recommended to further define prognosis with AVM. Superficial, moderate-sized AVMs have a good long-term prognosis and may not have any additional benefit with interventional treatment.Lifetime risk of hemorrhage may be substantial for young patients with AVM.Prognosis better than other causes cerebral hemorrhage ...Read more
29 preemie nw at 41wks. Occasional bilateral provoked ankle clonus at 10 to 15 beats. High chance of cerebral palsy?! no history of ivh or pvl. Thnx
Ischemic stroke at 90, pelvic fracture and cerebral contusion at 92. If risk of bleeding from falling > risk of tia/stroke from clot, baby aspirin ok?
Judgement: There's no answer to your question. No one has collected a series of 5, 000 people like you and tested the two options. This is where having a doctor whom you trust and who knows your history and all about you makes all the difference. (your question exemplifies why computers are never going to be able to practice medicine!). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers