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Does toxoplasmosis commonly cause severe brain damage?

Does toxoplasmosis commonly cause severe brain damage?

Depends: Toxoplasmosis came back with the aids disease. It may be common in other immunosupressions. The severity depends upon the areas affected and the amount of symptomatology pts have. It signals significant immunosuppresion. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

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


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Can grand mal seizures cause severe brain damage?

It can: If the seizure can't be aborted (called status epilepitcus) permanant and severe brain damage can occur. Also if one aspirates during a seizure and becomes hypoxic this too can cause brain damage. ...Read more

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Does underage drinking cause brain damage? How severe? Please be detailed and straightforward

Does underage drinking cause brain damage? How severe? Please be detailed and straightforward

Not directly: Long term consumption of alcohol can cause brain damage. Most of the problems come from nutritional deficiencies and damage to the liver and heart. ...Read more

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Can severe hypothermia cause brain damage? Or any long-term damaged if left untreated?

Can severe hypothermia cause brain damage? Or any long-term damaged if left untreated?

Confusing question: Hypothermia is actually used in centers to reduce brain metabolism after a stressful event and has a brain protective effect. Gradual rewarming is eventually done. Patients will either re-warm and survive or secumb to their problem.I fail to understand what treatment someone could omit and still have a surrvivor. ...Read more

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When I had my son my BP went to 41/26 due to severe blood loss- can that cause brain damage of any kind and should any follow up be done?

When I had my son my BP went to 41/26 due to severe blood loss- can that cause brain damage of any kind and should any follow up be done?

Ischemia: You would have had obvious symptoms and signs starting then and extending into now including memory loss and loss of functions for activities of daily living ...Read more

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Can my coughing cause brain damage? I had a bad cough and now I have severe migrianes

Not brain damage: Coughing can be very distressing and have complications but should not lead to brain damage. Migraines also can be severe and there may be many triggers. The best approach is to have a specialist identify the trigger for the coughing. In that way, if the cough can be controlled, then there may be less migraines. ...Read more

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What are the risks of OCD reaching severe levels ie if left untreated for long, can it cause permanent brain damage or other problems?Thanks

What are the risks of OCD reaching severe levels ie if left untreated for long, can it cause permanent brain damage or other problems?Thanks

OCD: Ocd can reach severe levels if left untreated. Just watch "the aviator" about howard hughes to watch a depiction. Ocd is correlated with a decrease in brain derived neurotophic factor [fontenelle et al. Psychiatric research 2012 oct.]. Generally speaking, anything that drops your bdnf level is bad for your brain. This could result in decreased memory, "fuzziness, " and mood problems (deperssn). ...Read more

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What can they mean by brain/severe brain damage that can be caused by bacterial meningitis?

What can they mean by brain/severe brain damage that can be caused by bacterial meningitis?

Bacterial meningitis: Meningitis can cause damage to the brain by causing an increase in intracranial pressure (compresses the brain) or by other factors. In severe cases or if untreated in a timely fashion, it can result is a number of complications. When the complications are irreversible and the resultant impairment significant, it is considered serious. In severe cases paralysis or death can ensue. ...Read more

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Can suffering different types of migraines over 20 yrs. Cause any brain damage? If so, what kind & how severe? Would it show as scar tissue on mri?

Unlikely...: There is no evidence that migraine has a long-term effect on the function of the brain or has long-term neurological consequences for the patient. There is abundant evidence, however, that migraine sufferers with a history of aura are at a twofold increased risk of stroke. White matter hyperintense lesions can show up on MRI in migraine patients, but we don't know significance of these findings. ...Read more

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Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic for csection cause brain damage? Had the spinal headache for 2 weeks no blood patch. Symptoms were severe.

Can dural puncture from spinal anesthetic for csection cause brain damage? Had the spinal headache for 2 weeks no blood patch. Symptoms were severe.

Dural puncture: Dural puncture cannot cause any brain damage unless there is very high CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) pressure inside the skull (increased icp - intracranial pressure), in which case the skull contents can herniate outside the skull through the foramen magnum (through which the spinal cord exits). This would be an emergency and if you are writing this, you dont have it ! ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Brain injury is a condition in which the brain is damaged due to an injury. Brain injury often results when the head violently and suddenly hits an object or when an object deeply pierces the head. The symptoms of brain injury vary from mild to severe depending on how much the ...Read more


Dr. Monica Shah
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Toxoplasmosis (Definition)

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. It is found in various animals and birds, but the primary hosts of the parasite are cats. It takes about 1-2 weeks for symptoms to develop, which can involve the brain, lung, ...Read more