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In what part of your brain or body is breathing regulated from?

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

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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Can a stroke affect the part of the brain which controls our breathing? If so, can it be fatal? Thanks.

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 more

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I am having neck pain/ brain tingling sinuses hurt/ ear hurts. Muscle spasms often all over body and headaches and trouble breathing. Ideas?

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

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Does the brain live long after breathing stops?

Does the brain live long after breathing stops?

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

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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?

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?

Babies cry: Babies cry, that's what they do. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed or frustrated by the crying episodes reach out for help. Talk with your doctor or your babies doctor if you feel like you need help. ...Read more

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Will you stop breathing if you have a brain tumor?

Will you stop breathing if you have a brain tumor?

Brain tumor: Loss of breathing with a brain tumor only occurs at a very late stage of tumor development, only when tumors become very large and cause compression of important structures at the base of the brain. ...Read more

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How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

How many minutes does it take for brain damage to occur if a baby isn't breathing?

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 more

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Can the feeling of having trouble breathing be related to a brain tumor?

Unlikely alone.: This symptom is not related to brain cancer unless the patient has such advanced brain cancer that they are effected by multiple other serious problems like altered consciousness and paralysis. As an isolated symptom this would be very unlikely, particularly if we are referring to you. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more