Hallucinations after stroke - Doctor answers

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I have delusions and hallucinations, but no sign of stroke, what is this?

I have delusions and hallucinations, but no sign of stroke, what is this?

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

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What kind of hallucinations do you get from dementia following stroke?

What kind of hallucinations do you get from dementia following stroke?

Multi infarct: Dementia can involve hallucinations of any type depending on what areas of the brain are effected. So the patient may experience visual, auditory, tactlile, even gustatory hallucinations. The first two are the more common. ...Read more

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Can hallucinations be part of mini-strokes? Diabetic aunt seeing zebras at night. She's 70 yrs old.

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

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My mum had a major stroke 3 months ago and recovering now she seems to be seeing things that aren't really there why?

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

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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 more

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What is dry stroke?

What is dry stroke?

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 more

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What is a MCA stroke?

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 more

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Conmon age for stroke?

Conmon age for stroke?

Any age: A stroke can occur at any age when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. Although more common with advancing age, diabetes, drug abuse, and penetrating neck injuries are examples of reasons for stroke in a younger age group. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a stroke?

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 more

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What are symptoms of a stroke?

Stroke: Two type of stroke:
hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke
ischemic (non-bleeding) stroke

common symptoms:
speech difficulty
loss of speech
double vision
focal weakness
focal numbness
imbalance
memory loss
facial weakness (abnormal face). ...Read more

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What can cause hallucinations?

What can cause hallucinations?

Hypothesis: One theory that could apply to your question is what's known as the dopamine hypothesis. Dopamine is a nerotransmitter which, according to the theory, is in excess. That means there's too much dopamine in the neuroreceptors, and this contributes to hallucinations. ...Read more

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What counts as a hallucination?

What counts as a hallucination?

Hallucination: 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

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How and where is stroke treated?

How and where is stroke treated?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of stroke?

What are the symptoms of stroke?

Many: Difficulty walking. Sometimes a sudden inability to speak or speaking non-nonsensically. Sudden loss of strength. Facial droop. Numbness. In ability to understand speech. Headache different from past headaches. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a stroke.?

F.A.S.T: 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

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What's considered a severe stroke?

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 more

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What are tests for stroke vs tia?

What are tests for stroke vs tia?

Same tests: Ct scans, MRI scans, and physical exams are all done for tias and strokes. ...Read more

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Could having a stroke cause pain?

Could having a stroke cause pain?

Yes, can happen: On occasion, a stroke might involve the thalamic area of brain causing a de-afferentation syndrome, or "thalamic pain syndrome". Painful spasms due to spasticity are not rare, and other less common direct or indirect painful events can be complications of a stroke. ...Read more

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Which drugs cause hallucinations?

Hallucinogens: Abused substances are Psychedelics such as LSD, Dissociatives such as PCP, or Delirients such as Nutmeg. ...Read more