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Brain Stem Aneurysm
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I have had an aneurysm on my brain stem which was repaired with an aneurysm clip, can you still get more aneurysms later?
Sometimes: Most cerebral aneurysms are congenital in origin and rarely multiple unless you have an underlying genetic condition. If they did a full angiogram in the past, they would have looked at all the vessels. If they did not, you should get one. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing cerebral aneurysms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What areas of brain does "mri brain stem w/o dye" image or cover?Is mra included in above and does it like mra image or look for cerebral aneurysm?
Whole brain stem: The MRI would look at your entire brainstem, shown in the picture. The brainstem is the lower part of your brain that controls breathing and heartrate. An mra (magentic resonance angiogram) is not the same, and would be ordered as a separate test with dye injection. An mra looks at blood vessels for aneurysyms, obstructions, or tears, while an MRI looks for tumors, demyelination, or strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unfortunately, few: There is truly no very successful medication to treat subarachnoid hemorrhage or brain stem intracerebral hemorrhage. Surgery where possible is often life saving. We have tried steroids, calcium channel blockers, and osmotic diuretics, all of which have disappointing outcomes in most cases. ...Read more
Could you tell me if the brain stem is the only part of the brain functioning, can someone ever recover?
No, not likely: The upper brain(cerebral cortex) is what gives us the ability to think and be rational. If that part is nonfunctional, then a person is left in a vegetative state which is no good life and we should let nature take its own course and not support him/her artificially. ...Read more
For life: Brain stem functions include most things we do reflexively without thinking, like breathing, swallowing, adjusting our heart rate to our environment, sweating on the face, moving our eyes in unison, keeping our balance and even digesting food. The brain stem also houses the nerves that innervate the structures of the head, including facial muscles. ...Read more
In 97/98 I was diagnosed w/prob M.S. by 3 dif. Dr.'s I had multiple symp M.R.I done & was told I have 2 spots on brain stem, my mem/mgrns r worse, what do I do?
See below: You probably have multiple sclerosis, and you need to be taking a potent oral agent, or even tysabri. Get updated mri's of both neck and brain, spinal fluid if doc unsure, and compare with prior films. N.B., migraine and ms are co-morbidities, and the memory loss is a sign of increased burden of disease. Do not wait, get all of this addressed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: In lou gehrig's disease the motor neurons ( the nerves that supply the muscles) die. Your brain is connected to your muscles by 2 nerves, an "upper motor neuron" that lives in the cerebral cortex, that sends a message to a lower motor neuron that lives in the brain stem or spinal cord which in turn connects to the muscle. Either nerve cell can die in als. So the brain stem can be affected. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have just been diagnsed with brain stem ischemia after a fall 5 years ago. It is chronic and stable. I continue to have symptoms. Is there any tx?
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