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Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Life Expectancy
Get a second opinion: Let's point out that this is a disorder of older adults, and unless you have a genetic tendency in your family, or you have a rather complex presentation, this is not such a straightforwards clinical diagnosis, and may need brain biopsy. Look further for your diagnostic confirmation. ...Read more
Amyloid is a kind of protein which can build up and accumulate in tissues and organs causing the organ to fail. The disease called amyloidosis occurs when the amyloid buildup causes organ problems. It may be seen associated with other diseases such as multiple myeloma, and can occur on its own. In alzheimer's disease amyloid can build up in the brain and brain ...Read more
Merits an expert: This can occur with aging, in families with a genetic propensity, or due to aluminum in the water supply. Since it is a metabolic disorder, a consultation and exam by an expert (neurologist or cardiovascular MD) can help sort out the pertinent factors. A genetic fix has not yet been determined; however, it is hoped that one or more will be found since one of the risks is of a hemorrhagic stroke. ...Read more
What is the average life expectancy of someone with amyloid angiopathy?i was diagnose withe cerebral amayloid angiopathy in May 2015.
I am on Keppra
No one explained?: If no one explained your condition, I suggest you use HealthTap Prime to talk to a live doctor it. Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) leads to the development of strokes - subarachnoid brain bleeds. They usually start after age 55, but sometimes earlier. The prognosis is poor - you can't "cure" CAA & strokes build up. However, pts have been known to live to 83 (& beyond) by following a neurologist. ...Read more
Varies: Has a genetic mutation been discovered? There are several different types and it would be worthwhile finding whether one of these is present -- both for prognosis, and as information for the family. I'd try to answer this first, and even then, no one can predict months-or-years beyond giving a range / survival curves. Best wishes. ...Read more
Too general: Please re-ask and be more specific about what you would like to know. For an in-depth discussion consider discussing with your medical provider or asking a provider on Healthtap Prime or Concierge. ...Read more
My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?
Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more
What are some difficult vascular conditions in brain that can be somewhat controlled by med but eventually need surgery?
Most likely <6months: Difficulty question because many factors determine prognosis like patient's functionality, nutritional status, and age. Patients with osteosarcoma metastatic to brain is rare. Most will spread to bones and lung. If the tumor cannot be resected due to multiple sites, then radiation is delivered. If a single site some aggressive oncologists surgically remove it and then radiate. Likely <6months here. ...Read more
The short answer has always been, "six months." obviously you can't mark a calendar with this number.
I have personally seen patients live for way longer than this, up to several years, especially with aggressive treatment (chemo, radiation).
There is no easy answer to this question. I would also remind you that after brain metastases, it's more about quality than quantity. I wish you luck. ...Read more
After major stroke that affected 3 lobes on left brain due to 100% blockage of coroided how will this effect my life expectancy?
Depends: Carotid arterial disease is a strong marker for heart disease. Your life expectancy will depend on the co-morbid disease you have: especially in your heart, which should be evaluated after you've sufficiently recovered from your stroke. Good luck, my friend. ...Read more
What are the long term effects of Ambien (zolpidem) on the brain? I was told a shorter life expectancy, particularly in women. Is this accurate?
Should be normal: The great majority of the time, a benign brain tumor will not shorten the life span at all. There are a small percentage of tumors that are benign, but are located in a critical area of the brain, such as the brainstem. These may compress the brain and might be inoperable due to location. Fortunately, these situations are rare. ...Read more
Unable to predict: Any tumor spreading to the brain is not a good sign, but it is not possible to provide a time line of events. Tumors and individuals all vary and make it impossible to predict behavior of any given case. ...Read more
Are you talking a primary brain tumor or metastatic disease from another site.
If a primary brain tumor, it depends on a few features - what grade - ie grade 2, 3, or 4, patient age, and other comorbidities.
Grade 2s live about 10 years
grade 3s live about 3-5 years
grade 4s live
if metastatic disease, survival is less than 1 year (if not shorter). ...Read more
Depends on a few features - what grade - ie grade 2, 3, or 4, patient age, and other comorbidities.
Grade 2s live about 10 years
grade 3s live about 3-5 years
grade 4s live. ...Read more
What is life expectancy of small cell neuroendrocrine carcinoma that metastizied to the brain (35 tumors) and spinal fluid (3 tumors)?
Metastatic brain ca: Poor prognosis. 6-8 months or less especially if more than one. ...Read more
Not long...: ...I'm afraid, particularly if it's spread to the brain. It may vary depending on whether he gets treatment and how well it works but in general his prognosis is very poor. I would focus on helping him feel as good as possible for whatever time he is given rather than guessing how long he actually has. ...Read more
Highly variable: In colon cancer, up to 25% survival at 3 years, if good response to chemo. Every colon cancer responds to meds differently, and new genetic tests can help pick meds that might be best. I recommend to get affairs in order, apologize to those who you have wronged/crossed, express love & gratitude to those for whom you care, and find joy and peace in each day. Best wishes! dr. T. ...Read more
Tough: Depends but one can guesstimate that it would be months. Some patients do better and can survive longer. Hope this helps. ...Read more
34wk gestation, severe brain damage with only the brainstem active. Life expectancy? Quality of life?
Defer to Local Docs: I am very saddened to hear of this tragedy. Your question does not clarify if this is the mother or the infant with this traumatic situation. But, regardless, this situation is very severe and i would defer to the team caring for the patient on the ground in person. ...Read more
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