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How To Treat Schwannomas In The Brain
How common is it for a malignant tumor to metastasize from the lung to the brain through the bloodstream?
Get information: There are many types of brain tumor, some malignant, some benign. The first thing is to get information and get opinions from specialists. There are many tumors that are very treatable and even curable. There are others where there is very long term remission. The key to to be informed and ask questions. Know your options. Don't forget about clinical trials. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Obstruction: One possibility is due to "mass effect" where the tumor blocks normal drainage patterns and leads to accumulation of fluids which get infected. The middle ear is right next to the brain so things can spread directly, or sometimes erode through the bone. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you have clot: This is a reason for a stroke or transient ischemic attack. Acutely, TPA (alteplase) may dissolve clot and there are surgical tools to open closed blood vessels and keep open via stent, but you cannot on your own do these treatments. Prevention using anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors is best approach in general. And dealing with risk factors even better. ...Read more
What is the best treatment to improve the executive function of the brain, to effectively articulate thoughts; after a traumatic brain injury?
NUMBER OF CHOICES: Pharmacological approaches include ritalin, nuvigil, adderall, modafanil, to enhance alertness and attention, but other approaches include rehab programs of speech therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapies, and even biofeedback. Although there is little benefit for the memory enhancing agents used in alzheimer's, and occasional pt may be helped by galantamine (galantamine hydrobromide). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Metastasis: Unfortunately, yes, metastatic disease just like the primary cancer, can grow. Although it is possible that the metastatic disease to the eye can grow and eventually go to the adjacent organ - i.e. Brain, however the likelihood that it grows so big that reaches the brain is far less likely compared to other metastatic lesion that spread to the brain from the primary cancer it self. ...Read more
Treat encephalitis: There are some cases where anti viral agents can treat disorders such as herpes encephalitis. For most viral infections, treatment is symptomatic, keeping the intracranial pressure in an appropriate range, use of medications to treat brain swelling and if necessary the use of lowering body temperature to reduce brain activity. ...Read more
My only addition: Would be nasal steroids. If u get recurrent sinus headaches fron congestion, which then allows pressure to buil up in the sinuses' adding a nasal steroid, mostly at night, can be a big help. It cuts down inflammation, and, because your messing with your nose less to wipe it, may reduce the number of colds you get. Aleve cold and sinus is good, Claritin d can help, gotta get it from pharmacist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take for testicular cancer to spred to the abdomen and brain? Is spreading to the brain common?
Depends on the type: Testicular cancer is usually confined to the testicle, but spread to other organs, metastases, do occur. The type of primary testicular tumor and it's pathologic features determine both the chances of metastasis and if so, where. In particular, choriocarcinoma, a very rare type of testicular cancer, has been associated with brain metastases. Thankfully, brain mets are very rare. ...Read more
Sorry, Ripunjoy: To Euclid is attributed the remark that there is no royal road to geometry. Your brain is as prepared by nature as it will ever be. You prepare your body for a 10K marathon by running. You excel at math by going to lectures, taking good notes, reading the textbook and doing the assignments. You don't need a doctor to tell you that; your mother can tell you that. ...Read more