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Can Fevers Cause Brain Trauma And Damage
No: Fever is part of the immune system, and helps your child fight off infection. Children tolerate even high fevers very well. There is no damage to your child from the fever itself. Fever is a sign that there is illness, so your doctor will evaluate to find out what is causing the fever. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Can long-term extreme stress cause permanent brain damage or intellectual/concentration/memory problems?
Yes: But how is a long story. The first article will be the short version. The second article will be the longer version. I hope you enjoy the reading. It is very enlightening. Best wishes. www.targetwoman.com/articles/stress-and-brain-damage.html over time, stress damages most cognitive functions. www.fi.edu/learn/brain/stress.html iextreme or sustained stress can damage the brain's hippocampus. ...Read more
No: Ms is at this point considered to be an immune related condition. The cause of MS unfortunately less understood: most neuroscientist feel that the immune system ("body police") attack the brain. This is reflected in the highly efficacious MS therapy available such as interferons, cop axone and tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Why do you ask?: There a fair amount of refereed medical literature on the response to erotica, including levels of neurotransmitters, but nothing whatever to suggest that the brain itself is damaged. Almost all men look at images, and most lose interest soon as it's a dead-end -- the perfect bodies and fantasy situations aren't the real, true love that is what we know we really want. ...Read more
Hard to say: Normally no, but poor circulation to the brain can result in less oxygen flow to the brain and possibly more pressure buildup. Headaches have many causes. I would see a doctor and provide a history of your headaches and get a thorough exam and whatever testing might be needed to rule out more serious issues. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Confusing question: Hypothermia is actually used in centers to reduce brain metabolism after a stressful event and has a brain protective effect. Gradual rewarming is eventually done. Patients will either re-warm and survive or secumb to their problem.I fail to understand what treatment someone could omit and still have a surrvivor. ...Read more
Benign by definition: It is good to point out a difference here between a seizure occurring with a fever & a "febrile seizure". Anyone with a variety of different types of seizures can have a major seizure during a fever.The outcome of this is related to the type of seizure & complications common to that type. Febrile seizures are by definition, brief, don't impair oxygenation or result in long term injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Although multiple other organs are of primary concern, leukemia can involve the meninges, and create a "carcinomatous meningitis", and also, cause at a distance, a dementia like state, a "limbic encephalitis", or even scattered focalized strokes due to hypercoagulopathy. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Patients can suffer headaches and dizziness for 6 months after head injury. Some may develop chronic migraine type headaches. Depending on what area of the brain was injured, the dizziness may be permanent. It can be exertion related or with sudden head movements. Physical therapy can help and using a cane or walker can prevent falls. ...Read more
Feels like but no: inflammation (e.g., trauma) or infection ( viral) can sensitize tissues around the brain and make it very sensitive to rapid movement..so cough can cause headaches , sometimes quite severe, but not causing damage. If you combined severe high blood pressure with moderate cough, you might cause an aneurysm to rupture. ...Read more
Fever and damage: There is a condition called malignant hyperthermia, a disorder in which muscle breaks down, releasing myoglobin which is toxic to the kidney and results in significant muscle damage and even death usually fever is not the cause of the damage. The damage is caused by whatever has caused the elevated temperature, for example prolonged seizures with fever.. ...Read more
The same as for...: ...ANY tissue or organ. Could be vascular, infectious, inflammatory, metabolic, traumatic, nutritional deficiency, endocrine, neoplastic, drug-induced, genetic, mechanical, degenerative...I think that about covers it. That's probably not the sort of answer you wanted, but your question is like asking what causes unhappiness: It's too unfocused to be answered in any other way. ...Read more
Does injury or abnormality in CNS or cranial nerves cause EKG changes or disturbance in electrical signals? Does nerve damages above c-1 cause breathing difficulties? How can they identify which nerves are damaged? From the symptoms?
The : The major nerve controlling heart rate, vascular tension, and gastrointestinal function is the vagus nerve. It is the 10th cranial nerve. It can be compressed or injured a few places between the brainstem and the chest. So, there is at least one way an injury to the neck or brainstem can relate to heart rate, ekg, and breathing. An injury "above c1" implies a brain injury. If it is located in the brainstem, it would have to be very small to be survivable. This area controls many functions that are "primitive"--that is to say, common to all animals. That would include heart rate and breathing. When we talk about brainstem injury, we talk about cranial nerve signs and "long tract" signs, meaning the extremities. By finding the intersection of the involved nerves, the area can be identified. Injuries above the brainstem can be a bit more difficult to localize. Cerebellar problems can be difficult to diagnose and often involve balance and coordination. The midbrain is a relay area of sensory and motor signals. The cerebral cortices, on the other hand, are reasonably well-mapped and those lesions can be recognized more easily. A neurologist or neurosurgeon can help diagnose and treat the problem. Often MRI is needed to help locate and diagnose the problem. To be useful, though, the images should correspond to the symptoms and exam findings. ...Read more
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