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How common is basilar invagination and brainstem bruising?

How common is basilar invagination and brainstem bruising?

Not common: Basilar invagination is not a common problem it can be seen most often in patients with rheumatoid arthritis or congenital anamolies of their cranial-cervical junction (where the skull meets the top of the spine). Brainstem compression can occur if the invagination is significant and/or longstanding. It should be evaluated by a skull base neurosurgeon. ...Read more

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Had brain angio 3 days ago now I have a tender/bruised feeling. But no bruise or blood. Slightly hurts. Is this ok? Im getting nervous.

Had brain angio 3 days ago now I have a tender/bruised feeling. But no bruise or blood. Slightly hurts. Is this ok? Im getting nervous.

Need more info: Are you talking about your groin where they went in? If so, it is nor, al to have those feelings for up to a week. If it bleeds or if there is swelling or a pulsating mass, call your doctor. You could have a complication. ...Read more

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Had angiogram to check which side of brain my speech was on.Went in groin and I now have a large bruise in my inner thigh.Is this normal ?

Had angiogram to check which side of brain my speech was on.Went in groin and I now have a large bruise in my inner thigh.Is this normal ?

Other symptoms?: Hematomas are the most common vascular access site complication, occurring in 5%-25% of patients who undergo groin puncture. The risk of pseudoaneurysms is lower. If the bruise grows or is accompanied by firmness/bulging of the skin in the area, numbness, or pain, you should have it checked out sooner. http://www.aacn.org/wd/Cetests/media/C1253.pdf ...Read more

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Bruising easily & they r lasting a while. I have a pineal mass in my brain(just an fyi). Any ideas of what could be wrong?

Bruising easily & they r lasting a while. I have a pineal mass in my brain(just an fyi). Any ideas of what could be wrong?

Easy bruising: Please see your doctor as soon as possible. Bruising can be from trauma or from taking medications that thin the blood like aspirin, nsaids (ibuprofen, etc), warfarin, heparin, vit e, fish oil and others. Some people have genetic conditions where blood doesn't coagulate (clot) well. But if easy bruising is new, you need to be examined and have some bloodwork done to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Bruising easily, multiple bruises, and they r lasting a while. I have a pineal mass in my brain(just an fyi). Any ideas of what could be wrong?

Bruising easily, multiple bruises, and they r lasting a while. I have a pineal mass in my brain(just an fyi). Any ideas of what could be wrong?

Brain : A pineal mass in the brain would not be responsible for bruising, this is usually due to medication likes steroids or anticoagulants meds. ...Read more

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I have been having a bruising headache on the back of my head and neck and shoulder hurt. I am a hypochondriac. Do I have a brain tumor? Im scared

I have been having a bruising headache on the back of my head and neck and shoulder hurt. I am a hypochondriac. Do I have a brain tumor? Im scared

Tumor very unlikely: Headaches and neck/shoulder pain are very common. Rarely are they the sign of a brain tumor, especially at your age. If the headaches are much different than anything you've ever had before, and aren't improving after 2-3 weeks, then a medical exam is reasonable. Please try not to worry. Very unlikely to be serious, and worry will only worsen neck/shoulder tension and headache. ...Read more

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I had angiogram for brain done through my groin two weeks ago.Leg and stomach have huge black bruising and stomach is very firm and painful. Normal??

I had angiogram for brain done through my groin two weeks ago.Leg and stomach have huge black bruising and stomach is very firm and painful. Normal??

No: Consistent with excessive bleeding from the site of angiocatheter entry. Call the physician's office responsible for the procedure for recommendations or head to the ER to make sure there is no nerve compression by the blood pocket. Addressing any anticoagulation medication may be necessary. Another potential negative outcome is the formation of connection between the artery and nearby vein. ...Read more

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I'm on coumadin (warfarin) with stable INR. Hit my head on the handle above car door. No bruise,bump,or selling. Some soreness. Could I have brain bleed?

I'm on coumadin (warfarin) with stable INR. Hit my head on the handle above car door. No bruise,bump,or selling. Some soreness. Could I have brain bleed?

Good Question: Procedures that were performed our presume that CAT scan in them or I would've picked up a blame brain bleed. While there is reports of a delay bring a lead within 24 to 48 hours this would be unusual. A careful history with attention to changes in cognitive status would be helpful and will determine whether a further evaluation is needed. Good luck ismy wishes. ...Read more

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Is fuzzy or cloudy memory a sigh of leukemia? I've been having weird bruising too. I had blood work done a month ago and all levels were fine though. My mind and memory just seems fuzzy though. Ct scan of brain was normal too.

Is fuzzy or cloudy memory a sigh of leukemia? I've been having weird bruising too. I had blood work done a month ago and all levels were fine though. My mind and memory just seems fuzzy though. Ct scan of brain was normal too.

Cloudy memory: With recent normal blood counts leukemia is essentially ruled out. With a normal CAT scan of the head a brain tumor is also ruled out. Bruising in a patient with a normal blood count is most likely related to use of aspirin or other NSAID drugs. Cloudy memory might well represent stress/anxiety. See your doctor is the memory cloudiness continues but it is not likely to represent a serious disease. ...Read more

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Buddy fell skiing. Mild concusion. No brain bleed, CT shows bruising. He's a little dizzy not himself. Ok to have alcohol? Want to say no.

Buddy fell skiing. Mild concusion. No brain bleed, CT shows bruising. He's a little dizzy not himself. Ok to have alcohol? Want to say no.

No alcohol: I would not advise alcohol until complete resolution of symptoms from the head injury. I am not sure what you mean by the ct showed bruising. If you mean bruising of the brain, then the injury is more substantial than a concussion and needs neurosurgical consultation and close follow-up. ...Read more

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Headaches brain fog persistent nausea app and weight loss muscle aches bruising for 2 months. Found 2 pea sized lumps in groin. Could this be related?

Headaches brain fog persistent nausea app and weight loss muscle aches bruising for 2 months. Found 2 pea sized lumps in groin. Could this be related?

Not sure: Your information indicates that you've had thyroid cancer along with the rest of these symptoms. Pea sized groin lumps would probably not be related -- but you need to see your physician for an evaluation about these other symptoms. Persistent nausea, bruising, and weight loss, etc are concerning. ...Read more

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11 weeks ago mild head trauma. Ct & MRI showed bruising of brain. Fatigue, insomnia and hearing loss issues.Anyway to combat fatigue and headaches?

11 weeks ago mild head trauma. Ct & MRI showed bruising of brain. Fatigue, insomnia and hearing loss issues.Anyway to combat fatigue and headaches?

Head Trauma: Neuroptimal neurofeedback is very helpful for patients recovering from head injury. I helps the brain function optimally and can help with the headaches and possibly the fatigue. Contact zengar.Com for a neurofeedback therapist in your area or arrange for a home training unit. There are several practitioners in nyc. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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I think I might have Chiari and maybe a basilar invagination ?

I think I might have Chiari and maybe a basilar invagination ?

Brain issues: If you have symptoms or reason to believe you have any brain malformation please see your doctor. He/she will assess the situation and order the proper tests which is the way to rule out your concern or offer proper treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there any hope for a 80 year old with basilar invagination of C2-3?

Is there any hope for a 80 year old with basilar invagination of C2-3?

Depends on health: If you are an active healthy 80 yo it is less of a risk. However with something like this in a difficult area of the spine its best to seek out an "ultra" specialist in this area. What I mean is find a true cervical spine expert even if it means traveling. This is not you average problem ...Read more

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