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Brain Stem Function
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
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
Multiple problems: in older folks, local strokes, either from end arteries within stem, or without in vertebrobasilar circulation. Might have significant trauma causing vertebral artery dissection. Can see midline posterior tumors, mainly in children. Can be an area of involvement in multiple sclerosis, vasculitis, sarcoidosis, Lyme disease, etc. If there seems localized damage, an answer is needed. ...Read more
Are GBM in brain stem hereditary? Ex husband has gbm in brain stem for 6 years now. Should I worry about the kids?
No: There is no literature to suggest GBM's are hereditary. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a partially severed brain stem, and still survive? IF so, what does a partially severed brain stem actually mean?
Please repost: Taken out of context, your question cannot be answered. Please repost and explain the circumstances that caused you to post this question. ...Read more
Bad event: Brain stem hemorrhage is not great, as relatively small area with critical nerves and connections. Hard to control once started, and often pts left with chronic disability. I know this is not good news, but hopefully careful inpatient medical care will lead to survival and rehabilitation measures to restoration. ...Read more
Many reasons: Fluid in the brain can be normal or abnormal. There is spinal fluid all the time around the brainstem, but accumulation of fluid such as hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri can cause problems. There are of course infection, tumors and other conditions that lead to fluid in the brain. You need to be under the care of a neurologist and get all your questions answered. ...Read more
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