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Doctor insights on: Eclampsia Altered Level Of Consciousness

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Eclampsia (Definition)

Seizures that occur late in pregnancy or shortly after delivery, associated with high blood pressure and multiple organ problems, including kidney damage, liver inflammation, and clotting abnormalities. ...Read more


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When referring to seizures, would "loss of consciousness" be better described as "alteration of consciousness"?

When referring to seizures, would "loss of consciousness" be better described as "alteration of consciousness"?

Depends: Seizures can be partial or generalized. These categories mean either without or with loss of consciousness. It is important to note a seizure can be very short in duration so the loss of consciousness may be so brief and one is often sleep or fatigued following a seizure so that may be perceived as an alteration of consciousness. ...Read more

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Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival? Any possible impairment?

Age 23. Coma patient. Diffused axonal injury. Intraventricular hemmorhage. Bleeding in frontal lobe. Chances of survival?  Any possible impairment?

Not good : Sorry about this one, but there will be a suboptimal outcome at best. Survival may be issue, talk to your doctors, and perhaps an eeg can guide decisions, but hard to predict outcome of comas. Sounds like a profound traumatic event, and since young and severe, have a family conference with the treatment team, and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

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Sudden weight gain, absence of period, high blood pressure. Pregnant toxemic?

Sudden weight gain, absence of period, high blood pressure. Pregnant toxemic?

Can be a start of...: Weight gain and absence of periods are signs of pregnancy. Hypertension of pregnancy is common but not necessarily toxic. Toxemia of pregnancy involves hypertention, protein in urine, leg edema, and in severe cases liver trouble, seizure etc..Which require emergency care. I would consult doc for eval as soon as feasible. Check a hpt for quick result! good luck. ...Read more

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Can rapidly fluctuating blood glucose levels in normal range trigger seizures?

Can rapidly fluctuating blood glucose levels in normal range trigger seizures?

Not likely: Hypoglycemia (blood glucose less than 50, a typically less than 40) can be associated with seizures, but I have never heard of fluctuations within the normal range causing it. ...Read more

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Is there a loss of motor skills with high blood glucose levels?

Is there a loss of motor skills with high blood glucose levels?

NOT USUALLY: Unless you are in diabetic ketoacidosis and your sugars are so high and your Lactic Acid so high that your muscles can't function properly since they are being starved. ...Read more

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What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

That's irrelevant: You're making a common layperson's mistake: You're confusing a correlative marker with the thing itself. The presence of cerebral atrophy either during life in imaging or pathologically after death tells you nothing by itself. What matters is how well a brain WORKS, not how it looks. It doesn't really matter how the brain of someone in PVS looks. What matters is the PVS. A fate worse than death. ...Read more

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Does extreme loss of blood cause seizures?

Does extreme loss of blood cause seizures?

Blood loss seizures: An extreme loss of blood can decrease the blood flow to the brain, resulting in a lack of needed oxygen and glucose, and the removal of waste products. Thus seizures may occur as hypoxic or hypoglycemic seizures. ...Read more

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What happens if icp (intracranial pressure) increases, then does loc (level of consciousness) decreases?

What happens if icp (intracranial pressure) increases, then does loc (level of consciousness) decreases?

Consciousness: As ICP increases and particularly when it gets to the higher ranges LOC can occur, in severely elevated increased pressures coma and even death can occur. ...Read more

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Please explain which duration of hyperglycemia (duration and level of blood sugar level) will cause hba1c to change?

Please explain which duration of hyperglycemia (duration and level of blood sugar level) will cause hba1c to change?

6 to 12 weeks: HBA1c or Hemoglobin A1c, is a blood test reflects how your diabetes is being controlled over the past 6 to 12 weeks. In diabetic patient, A1c should be less than 7 or average blood glucose of 154. ...Read more

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What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

What are the signs of altered mental status 2 shock?

Confusion/Lethargy: Several types of shock: cardiogenic, septic, hypovolemic etc. Patients with any of these will be treated in the ICU and are treated diffirently depending on the type. These patients have decreased awareness may hallucinate, aggitated and pulling lines out etc. They can be on and off to with signs such as deliuium, decreased cognition. Many different symptoms depending on the nature of the shock. ...Read more

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During fluid deprivation test, the ADH (vasopressin) level dropped down to 1/3 of pre test level and below reference values. Is that a sign of diabetes insipidus?

During fluid deprivation test, the ADH (vasopressin) level dropped down to 1/3 of pre test level and below reference values. Is that a sign of diabetes insipidus?

Not necessarily: The most important thing to be following in a water deprivation test is the urine and serum osmolality. If the serum osmolality rises above normal, but the urine osmolality does not rise significantly, you have diabetes insipidus. Measuring ADH (vasopressin) levels can be unreliable. ...Read more

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Sudden loss of consciousness and pulse. Almost no blood pressure. Blurred vision, slurred speech. Healthy except slightly high normal blood pressure. ?

Sudden loss of consciousness and pulse. Almost no blood pressure. Blurred vision, slurred speech. Healthy except slightly high normal blood pressure. ?

Syncopal episode: You need some work up to find the cause. Go to an urgent care or ER if you can not get a hold of your doctor by phone. The treatment is according to the cause. Check this link. http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/heart-and-blood-vessel-disorders/symptoms-of-heart-and-blood-vessel-disorders/fainting ...Read more

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High renal loss of potassium & magnesium in urine. Blood potassium always at low end of range. Extreme weakness, nausea, numb. What would you think??

High renal loss of potassium & magnesium in urine. Blood potassium always at low end of range. Extreme weakness, nausea, numb. What would you think??

Inherited vs med vs?: The rare inherited Gitelman & Bartter syndromes can cause a loss of potassium & magnesium (in Gitelman & in some cases of Bartter's) in the urine, which can cause fatigue and cramps. Some meds can do this, such as the blood pressure med Hydrochlorothiazide. For symptoms, potassium typically has to be well below normal range. Without full info & evaluation, individualized diagnosis is not possible. ...Read more

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What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

What are some of the physiological effects of high / low blood glucose levels?

Many: High bs can lead to glucosuria (spelling of sugar in the urine) and on the long turn if persistent, enodothelial damage (inner wall of the blood vessels). Low bs on the other hand, can trigger a cascade of chemical reactions, namely ketone formation, elevated adrenaline, growth hormone, cortisol and sympathetic nervous system activation. ...Read more

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Low blood pressure effect on the mental state of mind of the patient ?

Low blood pressure effect on the mental state of mind of the patient ?

Low BP: Severe and prolonged low blood pressure may result in diminished blood flow to brain resulting in confusion and possibly loss of consciousness. ...Read more

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Fluctuating blood pressures range from 130 to 200 systolic. recent onset of seizures. EEG came back normal. 4 months postpartum. Can it be eclampsia?

Fluctuating blood pressures range from 130  to 200 systolic. recent onset of seizures. EEG came back normal. 4 months postpartum. Can it be eclampsia?

No.: Eclampsia occurs during pregnancy, not afterward. New onset seizures requires investigation, including brain imaging (e.g., MRI). Rarely adrenal tumors can cause wildly fluctuating blood pressure. You need thorough medical assessment. ...Read more

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Consciousness (Definition)

It is the amount of awareness with yourself and the surroundings meaning recognize yourself and ...Read more