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Dr. Johnnie Strickland Jr
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Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Which malfunction is caused by the inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord?

Meningitis: This can be very mild with headache to severe and lifethreatening with high fevers and comas. Most of the time this depends on the cause of the meningitis wether it be viral, bacterial. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more


Dr. Philip Chao
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I've heard that the brain, spinal cord and other central nervous system tissue is where mad cow disease is found. Would steak be ok to eat?

I've heard that the brain, spinal cord and other central nervous system tissue is where mad cow disease is found. Would steak be ok to eat?

Well... muscles cont: Contain nerves. I would not eat any part of the cow that had mad cow. But... Eating the brain and spinal cord or tail (which contains the spinal cord) would obviously be worse than a slice of steak. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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What are the effects of a tumor in the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord?

What are the effects of a tumor in the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord?

Menigeal: Carcinomatosis (if a cancer) or lymphomtous or leukemic menigitis. The former carries a poor prognosis. It is addressed in children with cranio-spinal irradiation and intr-thecal chemotherapy. In adults with solid tumors, it is a mark of quite advanced disease, causes cranial neuropathy, and weakness. Rarely only site of disease. ...Read more

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Dr. James Goodrich
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What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the spinal cord?

What is the definition or description of: inflammation of the spinal cord?

Inflammation : Definition of inflammation of the spinal cord could be a very long list of causes. But in short inflammation is some sort of irritation to the cord that can be caused by infection, injection of foreign materials or even bleeding into the area around the cord. It is a very general terminology and in a diagnostic workup would have to be more focused on what might the causes of the inflammation. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
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Does inflammation of the spinal cord lead to any major symptoms or complications?

Yes: It can even lead to death. It can lead to paralysis, weakness, numbness and tingling, and many other problems. Sometimes full recovery is possible. ...Read more

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Dr. William Gaya
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Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Top causes of spinal cord inflammation?

Myelitis: Multiple sclerosis can present with a partial transverse myelitis; neuromyelitis optica; viral post infectious or acute transverse myelitis; sarcoidosis; compressive myelopathy; infections (syphilis, lyme's disease, poliomyelitis). ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Armstrong
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What is the treatment for inflammation of the spinal cord?

Depends on disease: Myelitis- inflammation of the spinal cord is treated in several different ways depending on the reason for the inflammation. It could be treated with steroids, antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals, and several therapies. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?

My daughter has been diagnosed with inflammation of the brain membrane through a CT scan but the lumbar puncture came back clear. What could cause thi?

Encephalitis: Sometimes the CSF studies are normal with inflammatory brain infection. This can be called encephalitis. There are other diseases such as ADEM that can present with normal CSF and again abnormal imaging. I hope she fella better soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
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For what reasons might a 2 year old have to get a brain and spinal cord scan?

For what reasons might a 2 year old have to get a brain and spinal cord scan?

Can't answer : Specifically. Evaluation for tumor and infection would be reasonable reasons. Certain congenital issues such as chiari malformations would also prompt these studies. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Kozminski
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Cerebrum (Definition)

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


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