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Brain Stem Ischemia
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?
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
If your on life support due 2 caerdic arrest & the brain stem is fine just the other part of brain is dead . can your brain recover & u survive . :(?
Anoxic injury: to the cerebral hemispheres can result in so much brain swelling that the brain stem is damaged due to compression. This typically occurs 72 hours after the episode of ischemia and results in death. If one survives the consequences of cerebral edema, the resultant deficits depend on the degree of injury and recovery. No two cases are alike. Recovery can be a slow process and incomplete. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is a CT scanner good enough to spot a TIA in the cerebellum or brain stem area. 2 vertigo attacks recently have prompted er docs to check for Tia. Have history of chiari malformation. ?
My views: I would not use a CAT scan to search for small areas of ischemia associated with TIA's, as resolution would be far better using an MRI. Also, a vertigo attack can be due to multiple causes, including inner ear pathology. Would you be better off seeing an otolaryngologist? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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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