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Does Toxoplasmosis Commonly Cause Severe Brain Damage
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Let me clarify, can schizophrenia cause severe muscle spasms if the patient is NOT on any medication? No epilepsy or brain damage either.
No: No, it does not do this. Something else is going on. You need a good neurologic consult. ...Read more
Yes: Although multiple other organs are of primary concern, leukemia can involve the meninges, and create a "carcinomatous meningitis", and also, cause at a distance, a dementia like state, a "limbic encephalitis", or even scattered focalized strokes due to hypercoagulopathy. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not permanent: Brain damage is not the word i would use. Opiate addiction in general can cause long lasting changes to the brain. Suboxone is a type of opiate and completely stopping it can be difficult without other forms of support. It takes time, "months" for the brain to recover. Things such as stress or "triggers" even months to years down the road could cause cravings, possible relapse, meetings help! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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