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Intermittent Confusion In The Elderly
Need a lot more info: You've given too little detail, so you'll need to provide us with more. When you say renal failure, do you mean end-stage renal disease, acute renal failure, chronic renal failure, or something else? What other things are happening with the patient besides the occasional fever? What region of the world is the patient in? Any other concomitant illnesses? How high is the fever? ...Read more
Small blood clots : As we get older we notice that we tend to forget things and it gets more difficult to do some of the things that we used to do. Much of this is a natural aging process but is caused by the lack of blood and oxygen to various parts of the brain. Very small blood clots and pieces of cholesterol plaques make their way to the brain and cut off the blood supply in very small vessels. More.... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vascular dementia: It is well known that a series of small strokes, called lacunes can eventually add up and cause vascular dementia, similar to alzheimer's. A sudden change may well correlate with a new stroke, perhaps from a larger vessel. Tough to treat, but use a memory enhancing agent plus a drug to prevent strokes. A neurologist who does hospital work would be ideal. ...Read more
Excessive screaming: I would wonder if the pain isn't really mild. If the person has dementia sometimes they will seem to overreact to stimuli that wouldn't bother other people; it is part of being confused and possibly afraid of whatever is happening. If they aren't suffering from dementia then they might overreact for reasons that all of us overreact; being neglected, a need for attention, underlying anxiety etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several: Based upon the age of insert, they would almost certainly be partial insert seizures (aka "localization related"). At least half the time, no clear reason is uncovered for them starting. Other causes include prior trauma, abnormal tangles of blood vessels stuck in the brain, "birthmarks" on the brain in a localized area, among others. Brain tumor is possible, but less common. ...Read more
Experiencing prolonged periods of neuropathy in both hands often resulting in total loss of sensation. diminished range of motion and weakness...
Define "total": Please clarify what you mean by "total". I see that you have had CTR. Does "total" mean that ALL THE FINGERS are involved vs the first 3 fingers of either hand? If it's the first "total" then something other than CTS is happening. Given your comment that there is weakness you should see a Neurologist ASAP. On the hand, if your symptoms are confined to the 3 fingers, it may be recurrent CTS ...Read more
Elderly male with dementia. While in acute hospital the body would periodically and involuntarily jerk. Causes?
Was occasionally at home place.
Myoclonic jerks: Sounds like he had myoclonus, which, to me, raises question of whether his dementia is due to prion infection, Jakob-Creutzfeldt? Can also have this happen from other causes, including medication. At this point, discuss the significance and need for therapeutic intervention. Wonder if EEG and spinal fluid might clarify issues. ...Read more
Varies: It's impossible to give a straight forward answer to this question due to the amount of confounding factors that could be involved. However, the most common cause of sudden death in athletes is a condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is relatively rare and is estimated to cause death in less than 100 competitive athletes in the US every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Morning Headache!: A toddler with a morning headache needs a face to face evaluation from a skilled pediatrician. Please schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Yes, the potential causes of a morning headache in a toddler are different than in an adult. They are more potentially concerning causes, including brain tumor. If you are not able to get an appointment within 48 hours, please go to the ER ...Read more
Lack of oxygen: In a stroke, brain areas that are essential to function such as language and movement are deprived of oxygen and nutrients. These areas stop functioning soon after blood flow stops. If flow is not restored promptly, these portions of the brain will be permanently damaged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Theta waves in right deep temporal region with some reflection in left side at the end of hyperventilation stimulation. What can cause them? New tests
Theta: is normal on an EEG especially with late hyperventilation or drowsiness. Persistent focal theta (4 cps) activity may be abnormal and could represent the presence of a structural lesion or post ictal slowing but in your situation, the other side slows as well and is likely a normal finding. Delta slowing (4 cups or less) is almost always abnormal if not associated with certain stages of sleep). ...Read more
What part of the brain is affected if visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions appear in an elderly person?
If part of psychosis: That is a symptom of dementia due to alzheimer's disease or many small brain infarctions (multi-infarct dementia), there exists death of brain cells in many areas of the brain, but areas where cells are replaced by 'amyloid plaques and tangles' are usually concentrated in an area of the brain called the hippocampus. Once judgment, behavior, psychosis, hallucinations occur, it has spread to cortex. ...Read more
What is CAH?: Please write your question again without using abbreviations. Thanks. ...Read more
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