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How large is the brainstem?

How large is the brainstem?

Length=8 cm or 3 in: It is not a commonly used metric. For a full discussion of the brainstem see: http://www.innerbody.com/image_nerv01/nerv46.html#full-description ...Read more

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What exactly are brainstem gliomas?

What exactly are brainstem gliomas?

Tumor in brain: Gliomas are tumors arising from cells called glia in the brain. This is the most common brain tumor in adults. Brainstem is the part of the brain that contains many automatic functions and links the bulk of the brain with the body. This includes the midbrain, pons, and medulla. ...Read more

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Are surgeries for tumors in the brainstem particularly dangerous?

Are surgeries for tumors in the brainstem particularly dangerous?

There is more risk: The brainstem has a lot of important function packed into a small area. Surgery there has more risk associated with it than surgery in many other parts of the brain. ...Read more

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Can brainstem problems be seen on mri?

Can brainstem problems be seen on mri?

MRI is the best tool to evaluate the brainstem: MRI is the best tool to evaluate the brainstem. Based on the symptoms listed I'm not sure that the brainstem is the source of the problems. Being seen for a very thorough neurologic exam can help localize where in the brain or if the problem is originating from the brain and help guide decisions for what test to do next. ...Read more

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Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Yes, survivors exist: Brain stem tumors approach 30% of posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group. Biopsy is done on occasion, but if the tumor is intrinsic to the brain stem, radiation therapy is often done without biopsy. If the symptoms are minimal one can sometimes follow up with repeat imaging at intervals. The tumors are classified by location rather than histology and their behavior is unpredictable. Po. ...Read more

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What test will show brainstem activity other than eeg.

What test will show brainstem activity other than eeg.

None: No test shows activity directly. Some tests can be used to assess certain functions of the brainstem. This includes vestibular testing, some forms of autonomic testing, eye movement testing, among others. ...Read more

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Are there special neurosurgeons who do brainstem operations?

Are there special neurosurgeons who do brainstem operations?

Yes: Brainstem surgery is performed in a few centers across the country. I routinely operate on the brainstem. ...Read more

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Would i be able to feel problems related to my brainstem? I've had on and of pressure around the area no pain just pressure. breathing bit hard then.

Would i be able to feel  problems related to my brainstem? I've had on and of pressure around the area no pain just pressure. breathing bit hard then.

No: Brain tissue is completely insensitive. The only sensations it senses are from other tissues & organs. Other structures in the posterior cranial fossa do have sensation, but the likelihood that that's what you're experiencing is very small; and it should have nothing to do with breathing. ...Read more