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Basal Ganglia Tumor Symptoms
S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?
Ask for more info: Signs and symptoms can vary greatly with any 'end-stage' cancer. Things like if it has spread to other organs, impacting functional status and alertness (sleeping more, in bed most of the time), causing pain/seizures, and so on. His doctors can maybe determine what is most likely. If not involved already ask for hospice or palliative care help as they could also help answer what the s/s might be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is the term for several areas of the brain that work together as a functional unit: the striatum (caudate and putamen), the globus pallidus, the substantia nigra, and the subthalamic nucleus. The most well known function of the basal ganglia is voluntary motor control, but it is also involved in development of routine behaviors; eye movements; and ...Read more
What two regions of the basal ganglia could, if inhibited, alleviate Parkinson's disease symptoms?
R U taking a test?: Basal ganglia physiology is incredibly complex & knowledge is always changing. Practically speaking, you stimulate rather than inhibit. See the Medtronic website for pretty pictures and also see http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/Mobile/article.aspx?articleid=793103. ...Read more
Several ways: BG has resting tremor, Cerebellar has action tremor. Muscle tone up in BG, decreased in cerebellum. Gait ataxia if cerebellar, but short hesitant steps in BG. Just a couple ways that neurologists look at findings. If you think you might have one or the other problems, might consider a visit to a neurologist. ...Read more
Varied: General signs and symptoms include headaches; gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting; and changes in personality, mood, mental capacity, and concentration. Other clinical presentations of brain tumors include focal cerebral syndromes such as seizures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pet/ct scan of brain shown bilateral temporal(more severe on left side)parietal, thalami & basal ganglia hypo metabolism.What does it mean, pl advice.
MaybeNothing: Pet/ct can show a region of hypometabolism, yes. But you describe many areas, including bilateral areas. That is much harder to accurately define on these kinds of tests, and results should be viewed with caution. Also, remember that the metabolism images should fit with what is wrong with the patient. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is life expectancy of small cell neuroendrocrine carcinoma that metastizied to the brain (35 tumors) and spinal fluid (3 tumors)?
Metastatic brain ca: Poor prognosis. 6-8 months or less especially if more than one. ...Read more
Hard to say: If the interpretation on the MRI by the radiologist is that it is a cyst, then it is likely benign. It also depends if there is any area of enhancement that would suggest a tumor. Also if you have serial MRI scans, you can tell if it is getting bigger or changing which is more likely a tumor. The location in the ventricle is important too. If it obstructs the foramen it could be a problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?
Depends: As the tumor grow in size, it will compress areas of brain that control movement, or it could cause headaches or visual symptoms. ...Read more
Are carcinoid tumors carcinoma? Is malignant metastatic stomach carcinoma that's hereditary a carcinoid cancer? carcinoid Neuroendocrine tumors?
My mother, 84, MRI scan> subacute infarcts, bilateral frontal lobes, small vessel ischematic changes inthe basal ganglia, periventricular white matter?
Small vessel disease: Mri in a 84 years old lady showing infarcts and small vessel disease means she is having ministrokes. That is very common in that age group. If she has heart disease or carotid artery disease or risk factors like high BP or diabetes or high lipids they should be controlled and she should follow up with her dr who can give her further recommendations. ...Read more
0%: All ependymoma brain tumors are technically malignant, meaning the cells are cancer and can grow into the surrounding brain tissue. However, most of these tumors (over 90%) are curable because the tumor is confined to one area, is slow-growing, and can be removed by surgery. Sometimes radiation alone is used for slow-growing brain ependymomas if surgery can't be performed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Brain tumors, benign or malignant, can have many different presentations. These include headache, seizures, focal neurological deficits such as speech problems, weakness in one limb or on one side, difficulty thinking properly etc. These symptoms are all non-specific, and can also be due to other brain disorders. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
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