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Can you tell me about left hemispherectomy?

Can you tell me about left hemispherectomy?

Hemispherectomy: A hemispherectomy is a procedure where the left hemisphere of the brain is removed or disconnected from the brain. It is primarily used for treatment of certain types of seizure disorders. ...Read more

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Has anyone had a successful left hemispherectomy?

Left side of: The brain speech function, calculation, optic radiations, personality. Rarely done. Natural occurence has observed some incredible function in the very young. Do not know of reports of success or rates of failure. ...Read more

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What happens if you were to have a hemispherectomy?

Hemispherectomy: Hermispherectomy is a surgical resection where one brain hemisphere is removed, most commonly for seizures. In the younger patients where the brain still has some plasticity the recovery can actually be quite good. ...Read more

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Hemispherectomy on a young child, is this okay?

Hemispherectomy on a young child, is this okay?

Very good question: This type of drastic surgical treatment of intractable epilepy is considered after all other medical treatments fail. Your neurologist/neurosurgeon can give you an answer regarding reasonable expectation of surgical outcome. ...Read more

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Question about hemispherectomy. Can you be paralyzed from it?

Question about hemispherectomy. Can you be paralyzed from it?

Yes: More likely than paralysis on the opposite side of the body is weakness or loss of fine finger movement or coordination. There is always a loss of visual fields on the opposite side. The degree of weakness is related, in part, to the age of the patient. The younger it is done, the less the ultimate weakness seen. ...Read more

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How much of the brain is removed during hemispherectomy?

One-half: The brain. Other side will not function; dominat side may cause lack of speech. Rarely done. Natural occurence has observed some incredible function. ...Read more

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Epilepsy the only reason for hemispherectomy?

Epilepsy the only reason for hemispherectomy?

No: Children with hemiparesis secondary to porencephaly or focal/hemispheric malformations such as hemimegalencephaly or sturge-weber syndrome are candidates as well. ...Read more

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My child still has seizures. What are risks of hemispherectomy?

My child still has seizures. What are risks of hemispherectomy?

Talk to neurosurgeon: The fact that a hemispherectomy is a consideration indicates your child has intractable seizures. Hopefully the best outcome from a hemispherectomy would be stopping seizures. I would talk to the surgeon about the risks. Removing a large part of the brain would result in weakness even paralysis. Surgeon would know that most as he is the one doing the procedure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a hemispherectomy and the split brain procedure?

Location: Hemispherectomy is the removal of one half of the brain (left or right side) whereas the split brain procedure is disconnecting the left and right sides of the brain from communicating by cutting the fibers of the corpus callosum. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is a difference between a hemispherectomy and the split brain procedure?

Please let me know if there is a difference between a hemispherectomy and the split brain procedure?

Hemispherectomy: Hemispherectomy is a removal or a disconnection of one of the hemispheres of the brain, of which you have two. A split brain procedure is when the surgeon cuts the nerve fibers that connect the two hemispheres together - a structure called the corpus callosum. Both procedures are used in the treatment of severe intractable epilepsy. ...Read more

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Supposing you have a hemispherectomy (half of your brain removed). What would they fill the space with?

Supposing you have a hemispherectomy (half of your brain removed). What would they fill the space with?

Hemispherectomy: Soem of the brain from the other side expands into the space but the space is mostly filled with cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that brain resides in. ...Read more

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I get epilepsy care but I still have seizures. How about hemispherectomy?

I get epilepsy care but I still have seizures. How about hemispherectomy?

Children: So-called "functional hemispherectomy" is typically done in very young children, not adults. Other surgical techniques are used in adults with intractable epilepsy. ...Read more

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After a hemispherectomy is performed, what is used to fill the skull where the brain portion was removed?

Hemispherectomy: Nothing is placed in the space where the hemispherectomy was performed. The space fills with normal spinal fluid ...Read more

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Can atropine drops correct an eye that has peripheral vision loss from a hemispherectomy?

Can atropine drops correct an eye that has peripheral vision loss from a hemispherectomy?

Not really: Remember that the visual loss does not originate in the eye (think of a normal video camera as the eye) but in the brain (think of a bad video cable sending only half the message). Opening up the lens aperture wider does not send an image through the defective portion of the cable. ...Read more

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Too much sex urge?

Too much sex urge?

Is it a problem?: If you are having sexual urges that are strong enough to cause a disruption of your life style, then it's too much. If not, no problem. Most men your age suffer from not enough sex urge. If it's not bothering you or anybody else, then enjoy it. ...Read more

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How much is a serving?

How much is a serving?

Read Labels: If you are reading the nutrition labels, it will tell you how much is considered a serving. This varies depending on the food. For example, it might say that there are 170 calories in 1 serving of potato chips. It would then say that 1 serving is 16 chips or 2oz, etc. There is no one serving size. It depends on the food. Serving size could be listed in oz, ml, cups, etc. ...Read more

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How much prospan is safe?

How much prospan is safe?

Recommended doses: Are:
adults ; children > 12 years: 5-7.5ml 3 times daily. Children 6-12 years: 5ml twice daily.
Children 2-6 years: 2.5ml twice daily.
Children under 2 years of age: 2.5ml twice daily. ...Read more

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Is having too much sex bad?

Is having too much sex bad?

This changed: There is no too much. And it usually is great exercise. It used to be believed that this bad but medically not an issue. ...Read more

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How much b-12 should I take?

How much b-12 should I take?

B12: Generally B12 can be taken daily by mouth or IM monthly. The dose is 1000 mcg for both. All the best. ...Read more

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Is too much sex bad for you?

Is too much sex bad for you?

How much is too much: In reality, there's no such thing as too much sex (so says a male physician), unless engaging in consensual sexual activity puts you at risk for sexually transmitted diseases/infections or unwanted pregnancy, or negatively impacts your relationships w/family & friends or your work performance. So if family, friends & work are good, then knock boots as often as you & your monogamous partner desire ...Read more

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Can you do too much excerise?

Can you do too much excerise?

Sure: People can take anything to estreme. Some joke that even moderation can be taken to extremes. If you get too sore or too exhausted, you can injure yourself and do other harmful things. Get advise from exercise pros. ...Read more

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How much sex is too much sex?

How much sex is too much sex?

Interferes with life: Like with any other activity, excessive attention or participation that interferes with normal daily activity is dysfunctional. If it interferes with normal social relationships, if it affects job performance, it is jeopardizes health, and if it leads to risk taking that is unreasonable by normal standards, then it is too much sex. ...Read more

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How do I stop eating so much?

How do I stop eating so much?

This is not easy: We are programmed for survival. Over our early history, we were hunter-gatherers and eating food meant survival. Eating was rewarded by the brain, and releases dopamine and other pleasure hormones. Now that food is more easily available, we eat whenever we want, and it has led to the Worldwide epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity. If you're concerned about your weight, please make a plan with your Dr ...Read more

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Why do splinters hurt so much?

Why do splinters hurt so much?

Sensitivity: Typically splinters occur in areas (hands) and layers of your skin rich in nerve supply, irritation of these nerves can be quite painful. ...Read more

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How severe is to much coughing?

How severe is to much coughing?

Examples: If you're cough is so severe you cannot sleep, or it disrupts your daily work life... If you have chest pain or bloody sputum… if it persists more than a couple days…if it is new and has never been evaluated. I suggest you seek a medical evaluation and possible chest x-ray. Good luck. ...Read more

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How much of an emergency is nec?

How much of an emergency is nec?

It is always serious: Necrotizing enterocolotis (nec) is an intestinal problem most common in premature infants. It can be fairly mild but is considered an infection and most be treated with intravenous antibiotics. It can also be extremely virulent and require emergency surgery. It can be life threatening in some patients. ...Read more

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Why do I crave approval so much?

Why do I crave approval so much?

Your personality: There are many that try in all ways to seek approval. You may have had approval as a method of receiving love from your parents and have carried this onto your regular behavior. Approval is satisfying, makes us feel better about ourselves and allows us to sleep better. There are, however, other ways of accomplishing things and you are young so you can learn. ...Read more

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Can too much tofu be bad for you?

Can too much tofu be bad for you?

Doubt it: Much of the Japanese food culture is based on tofu/soy and fish. It has thrived for thousands of years with no problems. There are occasional studies that warn men that the estrogen like property of some soy proteins may make them less fertile, but that doesn't seem to hamper those cultures where it is consumed daily. ...Read more