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Brain Swelling After Cardiac Arrest
My mother has fdiffuse Cerebral Edema Because of Cardiac arrest. She is Having Little Body Movements, Little Eye Opening but No concious yet.
Tough problem: The edema is from leakage from vessels and cells which were deprived of oxygen and blood supply while the heart was stopped. This prevents them from working. Depending upon the length of time the brain was deprived as well as the resistance of the cells, as the edema clears there will be some recovery. There is no simple way to predict the timing; hopefully there will be much to gain. L ...Read more
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
Brain tumors: No. Some brain tumors are benign (not cancers) and do not cause swelling. Meningiomas and adenomas of the pituitary gland are benign and rarely cause a defici ...Read more
Exceptionally rare: This would entail a systemic (as in throughout the body) spread of a fungus through an inhalation mechanism. It could happen but again would be exceptionally rare. Expect a respiratory mold exposure to cause more so respiratory, allergic or nonspecific symptoms like headache/fatigue. ...Read more
I have daily headaches x 2 months. Head feels like in a vice and going to pop. Sometimes sharp pain. Balance off, does it sound like brain swelling?
Not brain swelling: Your headaches have nothing to do with brain swelling. That would cause you to be in a fog, confused, disoriented. The look of Ohio State Buckeye fans who couldn't believe that Virginia Tech could actually come in and beat up on them...beat up on US is closer to the effects of brain swelling! Your headaches are likely tension type in nature OR medication overuse since I see you take Tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more
Tues I had keys thrown to my head doc said it was superficial lasceration&1 staple put n can I bleed or have brain swelling now? Or then very scared
Door attached 2 key?: An "average" size key ring (like one that fits into the palm of your hand) is unlikely to have the heft to cause any internal damage. Now, the school janitor's monster key ring, perhaps, but even then, likely to be dispersed on side of head. If no nausea / vomiting / vision changes / etc., would use cool compress to area & relax. ...Read more
Odd?: How have they diagnosed this? This seems very odd, and not medically based. ...Read more
Usually yes: The question from me is why do you have cerebral edema. Cerebral edema is of two types, vasogenic, leaky blood vessels permitting fluid to move from the vascular beds into the cerebral white matter, and cytotoxic edema, a response to cell death. There is a third type which is mixed cytotoxic/vasogenic, and is seen less frequently. Treatment: steroids/hypertonic salt, mannitol. ...Read more
Size of stroke: The amount of swelling, or edema, around a stroke is related to the volume of tissue infarcted. For a small stroke, swelling shouldn't be a problem. For a major hemispheric stroke, swelling can be life threatening and even sometimes require brain surgery to relieve pressure caused by the swelling. ...Read more
Why is my head very tight on my shunt side right side of my head its like my brain swelling what is this? What should I do? Is this serious?
Maybe: If you have a shunt, a change in headache can be a sign of shunt malfunction. A CT or MRI or other evaluation may be helpful. I would recommend that you get evaluated promptly. Excessive sleepiness, nausea or vomiting would be other signs that the shunt is not working properly. Of course, testing may show no change! People with shunts get headaches too... ...Read more
My father had a stroke February 12th this year. He ended up with brain swelling in a comatose situation. How long will it take for swelling go away?
About 3 weeks: Usually brain swelling subsides within 3 weeks or so. An infarction (non viable brain) from the stroke can cause coma if it is in the brain stem or midbrain. Cerebritis from infection can cause coma as well as demyelination which is relatively rare. Repeat imaging on MRI or CT scan might be helpful in tracking the specific region of the infarct, edema, atrophy and Encephalomalacia, or fluid. ...Read more
Head injury getting hit with keys to my head not heavy keys but at close range lasceration & 1staple what can cause brain swelling or internal bleed?
Not specific: White blood cell counts are an indication of infection. Brain infection can cause this, but I would assume a cluster of other symptoms that are significant would make one look to the central nervous system, rather than a WBC count. Medical attention is required for a proper differential diagnosis. Good luck! ...Read more
Strange question: Are you in an ICU? Have you had a stroke or hemorrhage or severe brain trauma or a tumor? Are you in a coma? Are you having seizures? Do you have hydrocephalus or herniation? If mannitol, hyperventilation, hypervolemic hemodilution or steroids don't work, they may have to call in a neurosurgeon to drill a hole in your head to decompress your brain. Or have I misunderstood your question? ...Read more
Fatty Liver/Liver disease cause encephalopathy and brain swelling person is also unresponsive. What are the chances of survival?
Pain and pressure at back of head all day, getting worse and body weakness. Never had before. Could it be anuerysm or brain swelling?
M.D. visit: Your symptoms are of concern, and there are several neurologic conditions that may cause your pain and weakness. I would suggest that you call your doctor or obtain a check up at the ed. It may also be caused by something less serious such as a muscle spasm. It is best to be checked as soon as you can. ...Read more
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