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Doctor insights on: Brain Stem Ischemia

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Dr. Cynthia Thaik
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Ischemia (Definition)

Ischemia is a symptom in which a person does not have enough blood supply to a part of the body, making that part of the body "ischemic". For example, in a heart attack, a coronary artery is blocked so blood cannot get to the heart muscle beyond the blockage point. The heart muscle lacking ...Read more


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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

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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

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What scan will pick up brain stem neuron activity?

What scan will pick up brain stem neuron activity?

EEG: Depending on for what the doctor is looking an eeg or possibly a pet scan would be the most common choices. Although, brain stem activity would be documented by spontaneous breathing, etc. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the brain stem be accessed without surgery?

I'm wondering can the brain stem be accessed without surgery?

Need to know: what you mean by accessed? Vascular structures can be treated with microvascular techniques, but everything else requires open surgery. ...Read more

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Does the lou gehrig's disease happen in or from the brain stem?

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 more

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I have had a near-constant tingling vertically up the right side of my brain stem x 4 months. What is that? Should I be concerned? Thanks!

I have had a near-constant tingling vertically up the right side of my brain stem x 4 months. What is that? Should I be concerned? Thanks!

Yes, look into it...: Well, I'm hoping the tingling is up the right side of your neck. I don't think a person can actually identify tingling of the brain stem. Yes, I do think you should be concerned. It suggests a nerve impingement or entrapment somewhere in your neck or scalp. Start with your primary provider..an electromyogram might shed some light on the situation. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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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?

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 (natalizumab). 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 more

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Cerebrum (Definition)

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