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Doctor insights on: Brain Stem Function

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What are brain stem function?

What are 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

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more


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Could you tell me if the brain stem is the only part of the brain functioning, can someone ever recover?

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

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What does the brain stem do?

What does the brain stem do?

Brain stem: 1.Conduction of sensory & motor nerves to & from the brain. 2.Cranial nerves 3-12 to supply face & head & viscera. 3.Integrativefunctions for Cardiovascular system control, respiratory control, pain sensitivity control, alertness, awareness & consciousness. ...Read more

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What can damage the the upper brain stem?

What can damage the the upper brain stem?

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

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Is it possible to have a partially severed brain stem, and still survive? IF so, what does a partially severed brain stem actually mean?

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

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Bleeding at lower brain stem?

Bleeding at lower brain stem?

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

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What causes fluid in the brain stem?

What causes fluid in the brain stem?

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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What does brain stem compression mean?

What does brain stem compression mean?

Bad news: Means something is pushing on the brainstem. Because it controls breathing and other basic body functions, brainstem compression is very bad news, especially if it is rapid. ...Read more