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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Can Affect The Nervous System

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How many diseases affect the nervous system?

How many diseases affect the nervous system?

Far too many: We have numerous primary nervous system disorders, such as MS, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy, migraine, BUT a host of systemic diseases can cause secondary neurological complications, such as diabetes, sarcoidosis, Lyme disease, Sjogren's, lupus. ...Read more

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Do only genetic diseases affect the nervous system? Or can environmental factors affect the nervous system?

Do only genetic diseases affect the nervous system? Or can environmental factors affect the nervous system?

Varies: There are numerous acquired neurological diseases, but also a host of genetically caused problems. The environment may or may not play a role, but clearly, in Multiple Sclerosis, latitude and sun exposure are an influence on disease onset and course. ...Read more

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How can a disease of the nervous system affect balance?

How can a disease of the nervous system affect balance?

ANATOMICAL: Diseases of brain and spinal cord cause symptoms based on anatomical location of damage. Since a substantial area for balance is located in the cerebellum and brainstem connections, disruption here can result in loss of balance. In alcohol/ nutritional problems, there may be midline cerebellar atrophy leading to gait and leg incoordination. Some cancers have toxins hurting cerebellar neurons. ...Read more

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How do diseases affect the nervous system?

How do diseases affect the nervous system?

Many answers: There are many answers to this question. There are illnesses that affect the nervous system and nothing else, and there are illnesses that affect many parts of the body, including the nervous system. There are illnesses related to infections, cancer, stroke/vascular disease, degenerative conditions, toxic exposure, inherited illnesses. inflammatory conditions like MS, for example. ...Read more

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How many disorders affect the nervous system?

How many disorders affect the nervous system?

Estimate: Here's a start for a gross estimation: https://www.amazon.com/Merritts-Neurology-Elan-D-Louis/dp/145119336X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1490219166&sr=1-1&keywords=merritt%27s+textbook+of+neurology ...Read more

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Can inhalants affect the nervous system?

Can inhalants affect the nervous system?

You bet: Especially glue sniffing, which can destroy the white matter of the brain. ...Read more

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How can Parkinson's disease affect the nervous system?

How can Parkinson's disease affect the nervous system?

Neurotransmitters: Parkinson's disease is a multi-neurotransmitter deficiency syndrome in part, with the classical effect on dopamine. This accounts for the tremors and gait instability. At same time deposition of Lewy bodies within the cell body cause cellular death. In many patients, a Parkinsonian dementia arises, which is different from Alzheimer's. ...Read more

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Can changes in the nervous system affect digestion?

Can changes in the nervous system affect digestion?

Possible: But problems in gastro-intestinal tract in presence of neurological issues are typically secondary to primary brain disorder. However, diabetes can directly affect internal organs, and myopathies and myasthenia can affect swallowing. Parkinson's may cause swallowing issues and constipation. ...Read more

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Can you cure diseases of the nervous system?

Can you cure diseases of the nervous system?

Many: Can cure cases of bacterial infections, some viral infections, and fungal. Benign brain tumors can be excised successfully. Most neurological diseases can be treated and controlled, but many cannot fully be cured yet. ...Read more

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How can botulism affect the nervous system?

How can botulism affect the nervous system?

Potential Danger: Botulism or botulism toxin causes paralysis of one's muscles by interfering with a neurotransmitter that facilitates communication between the brain and the muscle. In the past, this toxin produced by a bacteria, often caused death by respiratory suppression. With today's knowledge death is rare. We have learned to utilize the toxin to treat a number of medical conditions. ...Read more

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How does aging affect the central nervous system?

How does aging affect the central nervous system?

Nervous system slows: The nervous system becomes slower to respond with age. ...Read more

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What type of problems can affect the nervous system?

What type of problems can affect the nervous system?

Too broad: That is way too broad of a question to even start to be answered here. Textbooks on neurology are thousands of pages long and neurologist spend years in training in all the things that can affect the nervous system. Please ask a more specific question. ...Read more

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Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Which autoimmune diseases affect the nervous system?

Many: There are numerous autoimmune disease which can involve the nervous system. My advice is to google the subject and read for yourself. ...Read more

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If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?

No: The central nervous system relates to the brain and spinal cord. To reach the targets (skin, muscles, blood vessels, etc) you need the peripheral nervous system. You would be paralyzed and die without it. ...Read more

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What are the diseases that affect the limbic system?

What are the diseases that affect the limbic system?

Too many: There are many diseases that directly or indirectly affect the limbic system. Too many to name in this short space. It might be better to describe the symptoms you are concerned about or consult a neurologist. ...Read more