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Brain Membrane Inflammation
Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more
My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?
Meningitis: The pia and the arachnoid are part of the meninges, the lining around the brain and the spinal cord. The dura is another layer of the meninges. Together these three may be inflamed, inflammation of these structures is called meningitis. This may be caused by a virus, a bacterial infection or medications. It s not clear what the cause was in your case. How was your diagnosis made? ...Read more
It depends: What membrane you are referring to. Please re-submit. ...Read more
Can anti-histamine + nasal irrigation + Cromolyn Sodium spray help reduce chronic nasal turbinate, nasopharynx inflammation & mucus membrane swelling?
Varies: Many different inflammatory conditions out there, and must be specific. But ms is inflammatory, and we have lots of newer and very successful treatments, especially, the newer oral agents. Research in neurology is quite extensive and amazing, and hopefully will continue, if financial support is available. ...Read more
Different things.: "inflammation" of teh brain might be painless, and present with seizures, paralysis, or altered state of consciousness. "swelling" presses against the dura (bag in which the brain sits) and that tends to become the worst headache ever - which is mainly how we find out about it. ...Read more
Had surgery close 8mm hole in brain membrane as cs fluid has been dripping for yrs, if its cloesd now & im producing too much fluid where will it go?
You need to talk....: Basics of spinal fluid physiology aren't really too complex but obviously you have not been educated in any useful degree. Unless you have a rare tumor (choroid plexus papilloma), you won't produce too much CSF (spinal fluid). CSF is in a daily equilibrium between absorption & production. Talk to your md about csf, leaks & excess to get a better understanding. ...Read more
Cellular reaction: The white cells in our body react to toxic agents in a process that results in inflammation. Toxic material in bacteria, viruses, foreign tissue, etc can set off this inflammation. In the brain this can occur focally in an abscess, in brain cells as encephalitis, in the lining of the brain as meningitis, or any combination of these. Spinal fluid or brain biopsy best documents this inflammation. ...Read more
What diseases are associated with inflammation in/on the brain? Would MS fall into this category?
Yes: "Inflammation of the brain" takes in a lot of territory and is much more complex and subtle than your use of the phrase conveys. MS is technically an "inflammatory disease of the brain." I thought it was common knowledge that it falls under the purview of neurologists, but apparently not, so neurologists treat MS. ...Read more
My brother has brain inflammation from falling. If his memory improves, how soon might this occur-I'd like to see him b/f his conditon worsens?
The only doctors who: Can attempt to discuss optimal timing for your visit are those attending him. If your brother cannot communicate & his doctors have no legal written permission to share his Protected Health Information (PHI) with anyone, call the hospital's Medical Social Worker or Patient Advocate to determine how his doctors can legally share hiis PHI with you or another person. I hope he continues to improve. ...Read more
Is brain inflamation: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be caused by infections or sometimes by autoimmune problems where the immune system injures the brain. Symptoms include things like confusion, agitation, headache, difficulty speaking, sometimes even coma or seizures. Paralysis and vision problems also possible. ...Read more
Well looking for inflammation in brain, should MRI be with or without contrast? Could without contrast miss inflammation?
Inflammation brain: It is difficult to answer this question without knowing the underlying disease producing the inflammation. In certain situations corticosteroids are attempted to reduce brain inflammation, but the response is variable, and this requires consideration of the risk/benefit with your doctor. In some cases this may be contraindicated or of no benefit. ...Read more
Some recent thinking: Suggests that brain inflammation might be the hidden culprit behind a lot of brain problems, including depression. How this works is not clear, but the corollary to this is that SSRI's actually work to relieve depression by reducing inflammation in the brain, again, this is not clearly understood, if true. ...Read more
Yes: An mri can be one of the tests used for imaging of the brain, spinal cord, and in a meningitis like picture, it can show inflammation. This is nonspecific and doesn't differentiate between bacterial and viral meningitis. A spinal tap is a true test that would provide the physician with more information. ...Read more
It would be effective only if the inflammation is caused by a virus and the virus is susceptible to the medication. There are no effective medications for most viral infections of the brain.
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