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Can You Die From Pseudotumor Cerebri
Yes: All abnormal growths in the brain are serious. A meningioma is brain tumor that can vary from very mild to very severe. Some are very slow growing and depending on the patient's age and risks for surgery "might" not be removed. Most are removed, simply because the earlier one can be removed the less the chance it could grow so big as to kill someone. That is too simplistic an answer. ...Read more
Unusual: Some CMs are asymptomatic and do not interfere with a person’s activities of daily living.Medications may ease symptoms, such as pain.Surgery, only treatment available to correct functional disturbances or halt the progression of damage to the central nervous system. Most who have surgery see reduction in their symptoms and/or prolonged periods of relief. More serious with syringomyelia assoc. ...Read more
Vasculitis is a: Very complicated illness. It can be mild or extremely severe and yes patients can die from vascuilitis. When vasculitis (or inflammation of blood vessels) affects organs such as the kidneys and/or brain, and bowel for example severe illness can occur and death can follow. There is treatment and you need to work closely with your doctors to prevent end organ damage and potentially death. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pseudotumor cerebri: Pseudotumor cerebri is a relatively common neurologic illness and may be an important preventable cause of blindness in obese young women. As far as incidence i would imagine 1 per 100, 000 to as many as 13 in 100, 000 based on the abstracts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Almost never, but...: Fainting, as it often happens when not quite enough blood flows to the brain, not due to a heart problem, leads to a quick awakening once the person is lying down for a minute or two. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see if it is just this or more. If one is really unlucky, such as fainting when he is sweeping leaves off his second story roof, he'll tumble off, land on the concrete, and die. ...Read more
Explanation: The increased intracranial pressure does affect vision with periodic "obscurational" episodes, but sudden bilateral complete blindness does not occur. Instead the vision becomes very blurred with significant degradation which initially returns. If the pressure is not controlled, there is a steady worsening of vision that can lead to blindness. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but: The visual phenomena of migraines is caused by changes in blood flow as the arteries in the head narrow (spasm). Brain tumors can also cause visual changes, usually loss of peripheral vision, but other visual phenomena similar to migraines are known to occur. Brain tumors are rare; migraines are not. ...Read more
Unfortunately...Yes: Serum sickness got it's name from reactions after treatments with high doses of horse serum given for treatments snake bites or tetanus. Antibiotics can also cause this. The persons antibodies clump with the foreign serum proteins. These clumps (immune complexes) can clog small blood vessels in the skin, mucous membranes, joints, kidneys and intestines. Fulminant severe reaction can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It is rare: Diverticulitis has various potential complications which ranges from minor infection which responds well to oral antibiotics, to severe infection and peritonitis caused by spillage of stool from colon into the abdominal cavity. In severe cases it usually needs surgery and in these cases patient may end up having a colostomy. These days it is so rare to die from diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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