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Cleaning Supply Fumes Brain Damage
Maybe: This would depend on the types of chemicals, whether they were inhaled, how much exposure it was, and if they could cross the blood brain barrier. ...Read more
Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more
Many are toxic: Ammonia, bleach and organic solvents are all potentially toxic. ...Read more
A public bus I caught had strong engine oil fumes inside - worried about co poisoning. When does brain damage occur from this kind of exposure?
If family is getting headaches during exposure to recently-refinished wood floors fumes (polyurethane), what should we do? Do headaches= brain damage?
I was told inhaling fumes from markers or glue causes brain damage. Does that mean I must avoid these items entirely to not have any brain damage?
Yes: By all means use markers. Just make sure your environment is well ventilated. We need you to be at your best. ...Read more
Was exposed to paint or chemical fumes all night at hotel. No headaches. Some nausea and burning in throat/stomach. Did I cause any brain damage?
No: This is coming from a neurosurgeon/painter: most indoor paint is acrylic water based. Oil based paint is used less and less due to hassle with solvents and long drying time. Lead paint is no longer used except in fine art work by artisis! In the future open windows and create ventilation if you are in an environment like this one. ...Read more
Generally small: Accidents do happen, but you would be more likely to get a concussion playing football or soccer. Since judo does not involve strikes or kicks to the head, it is pretty safe in that regard. The first thing you learn is how to fall without hitting the back of your head. I took judo for close to 20 yrs without a single head injury - but if you play rough, the risk increases just like other sports ...Read more
Maybe: By enduring pain, I assume you're referring to what we call chronic pain. There are studies that suggest differences in brain anatomy & function in those suffering from chronic pain. However, this association does not prove causation since we don't have before & after tests. But it's certainly worrisome. We do have studies demonstrating brain vs body effects, eg narcotics decr testosterone levels. ...Read more
Many R unexplained: Results from > 50, 000 pregnancies reported in the late 70's (nelson et al.)showed > 50% of cerebral palsy cases had normal pregnancy, labor& delivery. Infants are born with true knots in the cord & many have loops of cord tight about the neck. Some have hx of maternal infection, drug exposures etc. Contrary to the lunch tv adds, most are not caused by drs. ...Read more
Probably: Safe from a physical standpoint, but depending on the level of brain damage, there are ethical considerations, such as the ability to consent. "Brain damage" can be very minor and cause no or minimal cognitive impairment, or it can be severe enough to render someone incapable of making an informed decision or understanding their actions. ...Read more
Extent more apparent: If the question relates to how & when children begin to show evidence of brain injury it is a matter of changing expectations & emerging deficiencies. The adult with a brain injury has an established baseline & injury is immediately apparent. If an infant suffered injury to nerves, it may not become apparent until the kid doesn't walk, talk etc. Not worse, just more apparent as they age. ...Read more
Damage?: Do you mean damage from physical trauma? Many things can cause similar symptoms. Medications are probablly the most common cause of altered mental status, poor cognition, and problems with coordination or motor function. But dietary imbalances, dementia (alzheimer's type), previous infarcts or even brain tumors can cause similar sypmtoms. ...Read more
Variable: The most common signs are neurological deficits like loss of motor function including loss of strength or loos of balance and coordination or loss of sensation. Other symptoms can be loss of various cognitive functions like memory or speech. Injury to the brain can also cause changes in personality. ...Read more
Potentially yes: Physical injury to brain, or damage due to infections, toxins, chemical imbalance, once stabilized, can progressively heal over 18 to 24 months. Some recoveries are quite remarkable. The ultimate outcome though depends upon extent of injury, age, and medical co-morbidities. Best projection is that ultimately patient will be better over time if supportive medical and psychological care done. ...Read more
Tissue injury: Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, cushings d, and others. ...Read more
Be part of team: Traumatic brain injury has become a major part of our new society. I assume you refer to an acquired injury that has left her with problems. A major program of rehabilitation is needed with a team of therapists and helpers to get her back as functional as possible. There needs to be a consistent plan of action that all agree is appropriate. Helping her to be self sufficient is high goal. ...Read more
Physical exam, CT/MR:
There is no clear cut way to say there has been no brain damage after an injury.
Serial physical exams are key. Imaging with CT in the acute setting is used to look for acute blood or stroke findings. MRI provides more detail brain imaging and can detect very small foci of bleeding or nerve injury changes. ...Read more
Possibly: It causes hallucinations. And it can cause exacerbations in user with previous brain injuries and mental problems. ...Read more
Yes: Subtle brain damage that occurs slowly over time can result in symptoms that are not easily detectable. When a clear neurological symptom exists (e.g. seizure, stroke, odd sensations, weakness, cognitive dysfunction), the brain damage is more obvious and a cause can be further investigated. For brain health, remain focused on having overall health. Http://www. Aarp. Org/health/brain-health/ ...Read more
MRI: Yes, it is most important to see a neurologist to determine whether you have any worrying signs or symptoms of brain damage. If the neurologist identifies anything worrisome, an MRI may be useful to evaluate for signs of injury. Mri can detect even tiny amounts of bleeding or other damage to the brain tissue. Your doctor should be able to determine whether this is necessary. ...Read more
Cognitive evaluation: You can undergo a cognitive evaluation.Get a more detailed answer ›
It depends on extent: It depends on where in the left brain the damage occurs, and to what extent. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the left side of the face, for the most part. The speech center is also located on the left side of the brain in most people. In addition, many people with brain injuries often regain some of their lost functions with physical/speech therapy. ...Read more
Course of TBI:
A traumatic brain injury can occur in mva's and often is mild and minor. Spontaneous brain healing can usually occur maximally over the first 6-12 months, but improve further up to 18-24 months.
Neuropsychological testing can be useful, and cognitive-behavioural therapies can assist coping. Medicines may help memory or emotional consequences. ...Read more