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Causes Of Brainstem Inflammation
Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more
Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?
Can trans-fats cause some people to become overly angry and irritable? If so, is this due to the trans-fats causing massive inflammation in the brain?
My brain function goes down critically due turbinate swelling and resulting flue like symptoms, is it a sign of inflammation on brain caused by this?
How do you know this: Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. ...Read more
Inflammation: The inflammation hypothesis of depression is just that -- a very plausible, but not completely proven hypothesis. Early stages of inflammation may not show up on an MRI because physical structures like myelin and nerve cells have not been damaged to the point it can be seen anatomically. Change in functional status of these cells and their components precedes anatomical change or damage. ...Read more
Inflammation & Dep.: There is some evidence -- based on medical knowledge -- that inflammation has a role in developing depression. Many of the cytokines involved have effects pathways related to mood. http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/23636913 still, not all inflammatory processes can be seen on mri, which detects anatomical (not functional) abnormalities. Ms can't be "seen" on MRI until it damages white matter. ...Read more
What diseases cause inflammation of blood vessels in the brain, whereby CBC is normal...Monocytes, lymphocytes...Etc. Are also normal?
My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?
Inflammation of petrous apex on MRI/CT brain/CT temporal bone. Have symptoms. Doc says incidental/fluke not cause of symptoms. Really? On 3 scans??
Sometimes incidental findings get that name because they do not correlate with symptoms. It's hard to answer your question with only part of the information.
What do you think explains inflammation of the petrous bone, and what are the symptoms? Perhaps this question could be- "I have symptoms x and y, and a finding of petrous bone inflammation on MRI and CT. What treatment should I have? " ...Read more
Positional severe headache, nausea & vomit x2 wks, stiff neck. Rt arm pain/weak. Brain MRI WNL. LP fluid WNL. Diagnosed Pseudotumor Cerebri. Cervical MRI shows spinal muscle inflammation only; CRP 11.5. No known injury. What could cause inflammation?
Inflammation: The pseudotumor cerebri certainly can cause the headaches. Have you been evaluated for polymyalgia rheumatica or temporal arteritis which can cause elevation of crp? A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you for the inflammatory process if present. For pseudotumor a neurologist, neurosurgeon and ophalmologist may be involved in treatment and follow-up care. ...Read more
I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?
Can inflamation to the brain start to occure just 2days of exposure to hiv. Can Lyme disease mimic HIV symptons? What else can cause brain inflamation?
There are a number of possible reasons for inflammation of the brain. I would hope that you are getting or have gotten a full work up with a real physician to know the cause of your troubles.
Hiv infection takes about three weeks to spread throughout the body. There is no way to have symptoms of any HIV illness in just two days after exposure.
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Cellular reaction: The white cells in our body react to toxic agents in a process that results in inflammation. Toxic material in bacteria, viruses, foreign tissue, etc can set off this inflammation. In the brain this can occur focally in an abscess, in brain cells as encephalitis, in the lining of the brain as meningitis, or any combination of these. Spinal fluid or brain biopsy best documents this inflammation. ...Read more
Inflammation brain: It is difficult to answer this question without knowing the underlying disease producing the inflammation. In certain situations corticosteroids are attempted to reduce brain inflammation, but the response is variable, and this requires consideration of the risk/benefit with your doctor. In some cases this may be contraindicated or of no benefit. ...Read more
What diseases are associated with inflammation in/on the brain? Would MS fall into this category?
Yes: "Inflammation of the brain" takes in a lot of territory and is much more complex and subtle than your use of the phrase conveys. MS is technically an "inflammatory disease of the brain." I thought it was common knowledge that it falls under the purview of neurologists, but apparently not, so neurologists treat MS. ...Read more
My brother has brain inflammation from falling. If his memory improves, how soon might this occur-I'd like to see him b/f his conditon worsens?
The only doctors who: Can attempt to discuss optimal timing for your visit are those attending him. If your brother cannot communicate & his doctors have no legal written permission to share his Protected Health Information (PHI) with anyone, call the hospital's Medical Social Worker or Patient Advocate to determine how his doctors can legally share hiis PHI with you or another person. I hope he continues to improve. ...Read more
Varies: Many different inflammatory conditions out there, and must be specific. But ms is inflammatory, and we have lots of newer and very successful treatments, especially, the newer oral agents. Research in neurology is quite extensive and amazing, and hopefully will continue, if financial support is available. ...Read more
Is brain inflamation: Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain and can be caused by infections or sometimes by autoimmune problems where the immune system injures the brain. Symptoms include things like confusion, agitation, headache, difficulty speaking, sometimes even coma or seizures. Paralysis and vision problems also possible. ...Read more
Different things.: "inflammation" of teh brain might be painless, and present with seizures, paralysis, or altered state of consciousness. "swelling" presses against the dura (bag in which the brain sits) and that tends to become the worst headache ever - which is mainly how we find out about it. ...Read more
Some recent thinking: Suggests that brain inflammation might be the hidden culprit behind a lot of brain problems, including depression. How this works is not clear, but the corollary to this is that SSRI's actually work to relieve depression by reducing inflammation in the brain, again, this is not clearly understood, if true. ...Read more
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