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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Brainstem Inflammation

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What causes inflammation of the brain?

What causes inflammation of the brain?

Brain inflammation: Can be cauysed by infectious or autoimmune (collagen-vascular) conditions, or some other brain insult. For example edema or inflammation surrounding a bleed or tumor. ...Read more

Inflammation (Definition)

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


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Inflammation in 7th and 8th nerve in brain, causes?

Inflammation in 7th and 8th nerve in brain, causes?

Nerves: It could be a number of things like sarcoidosis, wegener's disease and others. Please work with a neurologist to figure out your disease. ...Read more

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What causes inflammation of the brain and seizures?

What causes inflammation of the brain and seizures?

Seizures: Infections such as encephalitis or meningitis, vasculitis or cerebritis from autoimmune conditions like lupus, certain toxidromes, metabolic problems, and even trauma can produce inflammation/swelling of the brain and seizures. ...Read more

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Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Meningitis: This can be very mild with headache to severe and lifethreatening with high fevers and comas. Most of the time this depends on the cause of the meningitis wether it be viral, bacterial. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No evidence on that: There is no reliable scientific evidence which links trans fat to specific changes in personality such as irritability and anger. There is certainly no neurological evidence by imaging studies or physical signs that any type of inflammation occurs in the brain. ...Read more

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How can viral encephalitis cause inflammation in the brain?

How can viral encephalitis cause inflammation in the brain?

Encephalitis: Viral encephalitis is a viral infection of the brain. Brain swelling occurs due to the inflammation. ...Read more

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If depression is caused by an inflammation on the brain, why can't we detect it with an mri?

If depression is caused by an inflammation on the brain, why can't we detect it with an mri?

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

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If depression is caused by an inflammation on the brain, why can't we detected it with an mri?

If depression is caused by an inflammation on the brain, why can't we detected it with an mri?

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

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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?

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?

Encephalitis: Sometimes the CSF studies are normal with inflammatory brain infection. This can be called encephalitis. There are other diseases such as ADEM that can present with normal CSF and again abnormal imaging. I hope she fella better soon. ...Read more

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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??

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??

Petrous bone: 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

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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?

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

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I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?

I have brainstem inflammation and looking for an alternative medication to steroids can you help please?

It depends...: The cause of your brainstem inflammation most often will determine what treatment options are available. Some are treatable by medication other than steroids. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Brain Trauma: 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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What is inflammation of the brain?

What is inflammation of the brain?

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

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What will help with inflammation of the brain?

What will help with inflammation of the brain?

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

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How does chronic inflammation affect the brain?

How does chronic inflammation affect the brain?

It usually has: No imaging effect but sometimes you might get brain atrophy. You might see some brain lesions depending on the cause of the inflammation. Ask your doctor who treats you fro chronic inflammatino what they would expect. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of inflammation of the brain?

What are the symptoms of inflammation of the brain?

Fever, headache, etc: For example, meningitis, which involves membrane that cover the brain, can cause headache, fever. Encephalitis, which involves brain tissue, can cause drowsiness, confusion, seizure. ...Read more

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What is the vaccination for inflammation of the brain called?

What is the vaccination for inflammation of the brain called?

Vaccination: There are certain vaccines that are aimed to prevent meningitis, but I am not aware of a vaccine to prevent brain inflammation. ...Read more

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What is inflammation of the brain and can it be fatal?

What is inflammation of the brain and can it be fatal?

Brain inflammation: This is a condition called encephalitis. When the covering of the brain is primarily involved, it is called meningitis. It can be fatal. ...Read more

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What diseases are associated with inflammation in/on the brain? Would MS fall into this category?

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

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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?

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

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Would an EEG show inflammation of the brain?

Would an EEG show inflammation of the brain?

EEG: Eeg can show overall slowing of the brain waves in certain type of inflammations or infections especially if the patient had clinical encephalopathy i.E if the person is drowsy, sleepy or comatose. ...Read more

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Are there any better and newer treatments for inflammation of the brain?

Are there any better and newer treatments for inflammation of the brain?

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

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Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

Describe the disorder called having inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).?

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

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If someone had inflammation or swelling of the brain. How severe would the headaches be?

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

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How does brain inflammation relate to depression?

How does brain inflammation relate to depression?

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