Hallucinations after stroke - Doctor answers
Not usually: Stroke in the back of the brain can present with visual hallucinations or even blindness. However, most stroke patients (88% in one study) present with asymmetric facial weakness, arm weakness and or speech difficulty. Delusions and hallucinations are clearly not normal - see a primary care provider as soon as possible to find out what is causing these symptoms. ...Read more
Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.
Possibly: In Alzheimers, there is loss of brain tissue. Depending on where the tissue is lost, it can have different affects. However, this is not usual in Alzheimer's. Has your aunt had an evaluation by a specialist in brain diseases (neurologist)? This specialist is better equipped than a psychologist to make this diagnosis. Same is true for mini-strokes. ...Read more
My mum had a major stroke 3 months ago and recovering now she seems to be seeing things that aren't really there why?
Can be due to stroke:
Depending on the area (s) of the brain which were injured in the stroke, hallucinations can develop from the brain injury. However, drug side effects can also cause hallucinations, among other causes.
Please make sure your mom discusses these hallucinations with here doctor (preferably a neurologist) to determine the possible cause (s) in this case. ...Read more
My mom is 88 years old and suffered a stroke 15 years ago. Lately, she is hearing and seeing things. Her doctor has put her on olanzapine. Is it the right drug?
Disagree: The elderly can experience loss of hearing and vision, and not unique to have hallucination-like events involving misperceptions due to the losses. Certainly, medication reactions are also common. Anti-psychotics, like olanzapine, increase risk of death and stroke in elderly, and would not be my first choice unless really need to suppress behavior. Get this re-evaluated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No bleeding: A dry or "ischemic" stroke is similar to a heart attack. A clot lodges in an artery to the brain which cuts of the blood supply causing damage to the brain. This is a stroke or a "brain attack". A "wet" stroke is a hemorrhage in the brain usually caused by either a malformation called and avm or an aneurysm or can also be called by uncontrolled hypertension. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stroke: Mca stands for the middle cerebral artery which is one of the major arteries that provides vascular supply to the brain. If this artery should become block then it can cause a stroke in the brain. A stroke is loss of function n the form of speech, motor control of the body among other functions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stroke symptoms.: Strokes can cause symptoms ranging from almost undetectable problems to complete loss of function on one side of the body. Usually strokes cause changes in movement or weakness on one side versus the other. Speech and vision can also be affected as well as sensation. Often times strokes are preceded by warning signs in which the after mentioned problems could be transient in nature. If you're experiencing any of these problems seek medical attention immediately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
This is hearing or seeing something others in the room will not see or hear even if you instruct them to look and listen. This is not the same as an illusion - that involves mistaking something for something else and can be a normal lapse of attention of a leap to a conclusion.
If in doubt find a psychiatrist or psychologist and share the experience, and ask. ...Read more
Immediately: A suspected stroke is a medical emergency. Person or family should call 911 as time is very important for treatment. If the stroke is caused by a blocked artery treatment to break the blockage is available. After the stroke is stable and the treatment is complete rehabilitation can start. This may occur in an inpatient rehabilitation unit or subacute unit depending on the person's abilities. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
F = new onset facial weakness on one side, the mouth or the eye droops (smiling shows this up)
A = new onset arm weakness (you cant hold one of your arms up or lift it properly
S = speech problems, new slurring or difficulty finding the name for common objects e.g. pen, chairs, keys.
T = Urgent treatment in hospital is required. Call ambulance. ...Read more
Disabling: If one has a stroke, and was a lawyer, loss of speech is a "severe stroke". If a patient has an intracerebral bleed, there is a 60% chance of death in one year, and this would be "severe". A complete paralysis on one side, "hemiplegia" is considered severe. Complete obstruction of a major blood vessel, or impact on the brainstem area can have devastating consequences. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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