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Would a functional mra scan show significant cognitive impairment?

Would a functional mra scan show significant cognitive impairment?

The wrong question: First, there is no such thing as functional mra. You mean functional mri. Fmri is still almost completely for research. Forget about it for now. Second, tests don't show cognitive impairment; only people do. A demented pt can have a near-normal mri, while another person can have really bad-looking brain tissue (i.e. On autopsy) and still have been sharp as a tack right up till the end. ...Read more

Dr. Chirag Patel
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Neurology (Definition)

Neurology is a field of study in which a person studies the brain, the spinal cord, the nerves, their functions, and their diseases. A doctor who specializes in brain, spinal cord, and nerve disorders ...Read more


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Saw neuro after visual disturbance, probable migraine. MRI to r/o mass, found 3mm hyperintensity ant. parietal subcortical. Ref'd to MS specialist?

Saw neuro after visual disturbance, probable migraine. MRI to r/o mass, found 3mm hyperintensity ant. parietal subcortical. Ref'd to MS specialist?

Depends: There are many lesions that appear on imaging as non-specific and can be seen in many lesions. There are exact criteria that are present which makes MRI useful in the diagnosis, discussing with another specialist might discern or eliminate this diagnosis. The finding on MRI is more consistent with migraine. ...Read more

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Does a psychologist treat functional disorders?

Does a psychologist treat functional disorders?

Yes.: By their nature, functional disorders are those that involve a physiological impairment but yet have no known medical/physiological basis. Those disorders that arr truly psychological can be treated through therapeutic interventions. However, those that are later determined to have an organic cause need to also be treated by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Define the term mental functional disorders?

Define the term mental  functional disorders?

Functional disorders: "functional" disorders is a vague term used to describe certain persistent symptoms for which no other organic or pathologic cause can be found. One example, would be in some one who has chronic headaches or abdominal pain, and has had a full set of testing and evaluation procedures, with no diagnosis. Other more unusual symptoms include: paralysis, pseudo-seizures, certain tics, vomiting, etc. ...Read more

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What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness? Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon? Xrays best?

What spine md evaluates harrington rod pt (poor surgical candidate) for increasing leg weakness?  Physiatrist , orthopod, neurosurgeon?  Xrays best?

See below: Harrington rods surgically implanted usually for severe scoliosis. This is a major surgery and is usually determined by an orthopedic spine specialist. ...Read more

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Can a speech pathologist diagnose neurological issues if a neurologist refers you to one?

Can a speech pathologist diagnose neurological issues if a neurologist refers you to one?

Swallowing: Speech pathologist can evaluate neurological issues that may be related to swallowing or speech problems but not neurological issues affecting the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Why would neurologist order thoracic MRI with contrast?

Why would neurologist order thoracic MRI with contrast?

Confirming diagnosis: The MRI is in response to symptoms and exam findings suggesting a problem in your thoracic spine. The contrast can reveal presence of inflammation, but also demonstrate abnormal blood vessels such as an epidural ateriovenous malformation. ...Read more

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Neurologist determined I have spinal stenosis with several pinced nerves. Is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon a better treatment provider?

Neurologist  determined I have spinal stenosis with several pinced nerves.  Is a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon a better treatment provider?

Spinal stenosis: Find a surgeon you trust. Traditionally, neurosurgeons did not reconstruct patients, but more-or-less decompressed patients and also did nerve-tumor work. Orthopaedic spine surgeons were more biomechanically trained to stabilize patients where needed. Nowadays, there is a lot of cross training, so find a good guy/girl you like. Ask prior patients or look at rating on the web for local docs! ...Read more

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Would a neurologist treat autonomic nervous system problems?

Would a neurologist treat autonomic nervous system problems?

Of course: Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of all conditions and disease involving the central and peripheral nervous system include autonomic. ...Read more

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Uk pediatric neurology (seizures)?

Uk pediatric neurology (seizures)?

University: Seek out a university specialist. Could be difficult due to their medical system to get an appointment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

Of board certified sleep specialists, is it better to see a neurologist, pulmonologist, primary care, etc for narcolepsy?

The best one to see: is the practitioner who has the best reputation and the relevant experience. If you go to one and you don't like him/her/it, find someone else. ...Read more

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Simple partial seizures common idiopathic epelipsy? Brain tumor? No other symptoms. Passed neuro exam - reflexes, gait, strength, eye exam -perfectly.

Simple partial seizures common idiopathic epelipsy? Brain tumor? No other symptoms. Passed neuro exam - reflexes, gait, strength, eye exam -perfectly.

Brain tumor: An MRI of the brain will determine if there is a brain tumor. Reducing or eliminating the seizures is the first priority. The anti-convulsant (anti-seizure) medication prescribed by your neurologist is specific to the seizure type. Discuss the side-effects of each medication to help you cope with seizures. ...Read more

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Would a physician recognize brain damage by evaluating patient?

Would a physician recognize brain damage by evaluating patient?

Possibly: A thorough neurological exam can detect many types of brain injury, but there are some types of damage that are very subtle and difficult to detect by examination alone. Imaging and other tests may be necessary. ...Read more