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How do you diagnose a concussion?

How do you diagnose a concussion?

Symptoms & exam: Concussions are diagnosed by a pattern of symptoms after a blow to the head. Some doctors also use a computerized test to evaluate brain function. Typical symptoms are headaches, dizziness, poor sleep, grumpiness, and sensitivity to light and sounds. More symptoms are possible, depending upon the area of the brain affected. Examining the injured helps. Ct & MRI scans do not show concussions. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain that is usually caused by trauma, typically a blow to the head or a violent shaking of ...Read more


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How do you diagnose a brain infection?

How do you diagnose a brain infection?

CSF tests, imaging: While there are certain blood test results or MRI findings that raise the suspicion for infection, a definitive diagnosis often requires a lumbar puncture for analysis of cerebrospinal fluid. That being said, in many cases we will treat infections empirically just based on clinical suspicion, especially if the patient is presenting with seizures or other worrisome signs. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a thymoma?

How do you diagnose a thymoma?

Imaging +/- biopsy: Chest ct scan is the main modality. Additional tests can be used and occasionally a needle biopsy may be needed. Frequently the diagnosis is confirmed only after resection. ...Read more

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How to know if you have a concussion?

How to know if you have a concussion?

Symptoms: Dizziness when you move your head, problems concentrating, disorientation, difficulty doing simple math, problems reading, ringing in the ears, headache, problems controlling your temper, impulsivity, and changes in sleep habits. Any combination. ...Read more

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What can you do for a concussion?

What can you do for a concussion?

See your doctor: A concussion is a serious injury and should be evaluated by a medical professional, especially if you have lost consciousness, feel nauseous or dizzy. Concussions are impact injuries of the brain and repeat injuries can cause irreversible damage. See your primary care physician, a neurologist, or the er if you think you may have recently sustained one. Don't take it lightly. ...Read more

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How to determine you have a concussion?

How to determine you have a concussion?

Depends: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The symptoms can include headache, dizziness, vision change (blurred vision/ double vision), nausea/vomiting. If your symptoms or headache are severe, or if you have a loss of consciousness, you should get evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a concussion?

How can you tell if you have a concussion?

Concussion: The effects of concussions can vary and be unpredictable. It depends on the severity of the injury. The symptoms can include headache, dizziness, vision change (blurred vision/ double vision), nausea/vomiting. If your symptoms or headache are severe, or if you have a loss of consciousness, you should get evaluated immediately. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a concussion?

How can you tell if you have a concussion?

Three ways: 1) you cannot account for a period of time following the event-even if your friends or other observers say you acted awake 2) you have difficulty concentrating, easily distracted, bit irritable, sleeping is off, mild headache 3) if you hop on one foot, trying to stay on a floor target, you find you cannot stay on the target for ten hops. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

Symptoms and Imaging: Stress fractures usually cause pain, but may also cause swelling and discoloration. The nature of stress fractures can make them very hard to identify on x-rays, but some may be apparent based on their size or phase in healing. Larger stress fractures or those that have had some to start healing are often the ones that can be seen with x-ray. The most specific test for a stress fracture is a mri. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a stress fracture?

How do you diagnose  a stress fracture?

May need mri: Many stress fractures don't show up on xray exams if there is suspicion of a possible stress fracture, an MRI would best show the injury a bone scan would be helpful but is not as specific for location as the MRI would be. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How do doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

Imaging: Typically if symptoms are suspicious enough imaging will be ordered. This can be ct or mri, with MRI more sensitive. In many cases, if the MRI shows a suspicious area a biopsy or surgical removal will be the next step. This isn't always true, though, as some tumors can be diagnosed confidently without biopsy (meningiomas, vestibular schwannomas). ...Read more

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How do you diagnose a mini stroke?

How do you  diagnose a mini stroke?

Symptoms: By pt's symptoms , neurological changes, and their clearing in a reasonable period of time as well as the lack of pathogneumonic changes on mri. ...Read more

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How do I find a dr to do a neuro/psych exam?

How do I find a dr to do a neuro/psych exam?

Ask around: People you could ask include your primary care doctor, or people at your local chapter of organizations of patients suffering from mental illness and their families - examples of which in the us would be nami.Org, nmha.Org and dbsalliance.Org. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose epilepsy?

How do you diagnose epilepsy?

By EEG: Epilepsy is diagnosed by the description of the seizure by the patient or a witness and an eeg. Seizures can be precipitated by a number of factor including drugs sleep deprivation and very low blood sugar. Excluding these and other possilbe causes is important in diagnosing epilepsy. Depending on you age, imaging of the brain may be indicated. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose meningitis?

How do you diagnose meningitis?

LP: A lumbar puncture for CSF is done. And the CSF is analyzed. However meningitis is an emergency and in a clinical history that fits antibiotics should be started as soon as possible to decrease morbidity. ...Read more

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How do you know if someone has a concusion?

How do you know if someone has a concusion?

Concussion : This is basically caused by the brain hitting the skull or the skull hitting it due to injury. The brain sits in fluid. Anyone who is knocked unconscious has a conclusion, that's easy. Lots of sports injury with schools ansd states making definition. If person is hit in the head and sees"stars". They have a concussion and should be evaluated. Evidence shows even small concussions are dangerous. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're about to have a seizure ?

How do you know if you're about to have a seizure ?

Similar to migraine : headaches in which there are many different types and variants with different manifestations, seizures disorders are varied with most having no easily recognizable prodrome or warnings signs. So the answer is, an individual with seizures must seek individual evaluation and care for their particular seizure disorder. ...Read more

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How do you treat a broken hip?

How do you treat a broken hip?

Depends on injury: A broken hip implies a fracture of the upper end of the femur. Depending on the exact location and fracture pattern, treatment is either via "internal fixation" or repairing the fracture with pins, screws, and/or plates; or sometimes with a hip replacement type surgery. Age and bone quality will also influence the type of treatment recommended. ...Read more

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