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In What Part Of Your Brain Or Body Is Breathing Regulated From
Brainstem: The regulatory signals for breathing come from the brainstem, located at the back, bottom-most portion of the head. ...Read more
Can a stroke affect the part of the brain which controls our breathing? If so, can it be fatal? Thanks.
Yes: It depends on the location of stroke . Usually if stroke is in the brain stem( medula ) , can cause respiratory difficulty which could be fatal. Injury to this center may lead to center respiratory failure, which necessitates mechanical ventilation; usually the prognosis is grave. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am having neck pain/ brain tingling sinuses hurt/ ear hurts. Muscle spasms often all over body and headaches and trouble breathing. Ideas?
A lot of issues: You have a lot of symptoms. The most potentially serious one is that you have trouble breathing. It's hard to tie them all together. Some simple testing like a chest x-ray, complete blood count, and maybe sinus films would help sort some of this out. Please see your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more
Brain death: No. Just a few minutes. Severe damage in 4 minutes; brain death in 6-8. Factors that affect the outcome are the body temperature at the time of lack of oxygen, whether all or just part of the brain went without oxygen, whether there is any vascular disease, whether there is any continuing damage from the cause of the lack of oxygen (eg. Carbon monoxide poisoning), and how quick oxygen was restored. ...Read more
My 2 mth old baby cries with a lot of rage then have this breathing spasm that will last a few mins. is this harmful or is there a prob with his brain?
Hi, I walked past a stretch of freshly layed asphalt road today. Is there any consquences on breathing those strong fumes for 2-3 minutes on the brain?
Unlikely: This scenario is unlikely to cause harm ...Read more
It depends: Brain damage does not occur unless there is a significant loss of oxygen and/or other vital nutrients to the brain. Cessation of breathing (apnea) per se does not cause brain damage unless the oxygen level in the blood falls to dangerously low levels for a prolonged period of time. Even if apneic, oxygen levels can be sustained in the blood through other means, for many minutes, or even hours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If my brain stem was severed from my brain. I am breathing on my own but I will not wake up is there a treatment to help my stem reconnect to brain?
Not happening, Jack: If your brainstem were severed, you'd be extremely dead. You need to look at some anatomy pictures to see why. Whatever you imagine has happened to your brainstem, hasn't. ...Read more
Please explain to me the dangers of breathing in the exhaust from cars and buses and does it cause damage to the brain even in ventilated areas?
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