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Doctor insights on: Brain Disease In Children

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Dr. Chirag Patel
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Brain Diseases (Definition)

Brain diseases include many different areas and etiologies, but generically this refers to disorders of the brain tissue. They can be grouped into six categories, each of which requires a different treatment: tumors, traumatic in nature, neurodegenerative (such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's), ...Read more


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Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read more

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Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Autosomal dominant : transmission means that each child of a parent with documented Huntington's Disease has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutant gene on Chromosome 4p16. Guidelines for predictive testing are on http://www.hdfoundation.org/html/hdsatest.php. ...Read more

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What causes Glioblastoma in brainstem, & high grade glioma in brainstem in young adults?Thought brainstem had no glial cells to cause this in adults?

What causes Glioblastoma in brainstem, & high grade glioma in brainstem in young adults?Thought brainstem had no glial cells to cause this in adults?

It's just bad luck: There are a few genetic syndromes that increase risk for glioblastoma / "high grade glioma", but beyond this it's simply a misfortune. All cancers arise from random mutations -- these are totally dumb luck. Anybody who told you that the brainstem has no glial cells is somebody you either misunderstood or simply shouldn't listen to. It's got a lot more glia than neurons like the rest of the brain. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Not necessarily: Lyme is a complex illness. Some who have it become quite ill, while others have mild symptoms. This depends on the strain of lyme bacteria, genetics of the patient, presence of co-infections like babesia & bartonella & factors that affect immune function like nutrition, parasites, heavy metals, mold exposure & stress.Thus, like adults, some children become quite ill but others have minimal symptoms. ...Read more

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How rare is huntington's disease in grandkids?

How rare is huntington's disease in grandkids?

Huntington: The classic symptoms start after 30 depending on the number of repeats-the higher the repeats earlier age onset--but juvenile huntington start as teenager when repeats are above 55--an asymptomatic child does not mean he does not have the genetic disorder which will manifest latter--- another group of disorders huntington like start earler does not have the same genetic defect. ...Read more

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Could chicken pox in adults affect the brain and their memory function?

Could chicken pox in adults affect the brain and their memory function?

Yes: Chickenpox can produce a mild encephalitis with an effect on adult thinking and function.The effect is usually transient (weeks) but can vary from case to case. This is never a good disease to have in adulthood. ...Read more

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Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain tumors rare in a 23yo female?

Brain Tumor in 23 yo: Brain tumors are pretty rare in 23 year olds, but the incidence of brain tumors is increasing lately due to cell phone use and holding the smart phones up to your head. ...Read more

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Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Are wilm's tumor associated with brain tumors later in life?

Occasionally: Secondary cancer. Wilms tumor survivors have a small risk of developing another type of cancer within 15 years after wilms tumor was first diagnosed. The most important risk factors are whether treatment included radiation therapy and doxorubicin. Wilms tumor in children can also spread or metastasis thru the bloodstream to the brain, lungs or lymph nodes occasionally in children. ...Read more

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Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Is neuroblastoma stage 4 deadly in teenagers and children in general?

Improving: We are constantly trying to improve therapy for children with high-risk neuroblastoma (stage 4). Within the last couple of years, the addition of immunotherapy to standard of care therapy greatly improved overall survival from 46% to 66%. Thus, immunotherapy should now be standard of care. ...Read more

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Are brain annerysums rare in a 23yo female?

Are brain annerysums rare in a 23yo female?

See below: It's not rare. Aneurysms can occur throughout life. However, many if not most cases are found at any point in life through imaging studies incidentally while evaluating other symptoms like headache. Usually, these aneurysms were present at birth but never manifest with symptoms until years later. ...Read more

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What can cause brain tumors in children?

What can cause brain tumors in children?

Brain tumors: In most cases of pediatric brain tumors the cause is not known. There are genetic studies being done that are starting to locate markers and mutations that can cause tumors of this type. There are also some rare inherited syndromes that have a higher incidence of brain tumors but these are rare. ...Read more

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How do infectious disease states in the pediatric patient differ from adult disease states?

How do infectious disease states in the pediatric patient differ from adult disease states?

Less tolerance: The pediatric patient has less reserve and tolerance for any disease or medical problem that their adult relations. The pediatric immune system is also less well developed, making them more susceptible to some problems. ...Read more

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Are brain damages symptoms of huntington's disease?

Are brain damages symptoms of huntington's disease?

Huntigton's chorea: Huntigton's chorea is a specific disease that happens usually in the 40's secondary to a damage or regression of a specific area of the brain. ...Read more

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Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

Congenital heart diseases in parents -> what risk in fetuses?

One~4%both~6-8: Chd is polygenic= influenced by multiple genes and not directly passed on. The type of the parents chd is not necessarily one seen in the offspring. ...Read more

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How commom are brain tumors in peiple in their twenties?

How commom are brain tumors in peiple in their twenties?

Varied: Depends on the type of tumor pituitary tumors or pineal gland cysts may be more common than more serious tumors. ...Read more

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