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Could brain MRI scans an accurate evidence for typical mental illness such as dementia, schizophrenia?
Brain imaging scans: Are an impressive tool to help us identify certain anatomical lesions in the brain and can help us identify certain diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, tumors, large strokes, and subdural hematoma's. Some of those conditions can cause dementia. Most of the time an MRI or cat scan is used to rule out underlying reversible causes of dementia. A scan such as a pet scan can be a more sens tool. ...Read more
Fleisher et al (Neurology, 2011) found Depakote accelerated brain atrophy in Alzheimer's. Should those with family history of Alz. avoid Depakote?
Tremors in hands, weak legs, mem issues, cognitive decline, apathy, blurry vision, tach, headache, floaters...Could it be parkinsons? Dementia? Als?
Simple partial seizures common idiopathic epelipsy? Brain tumor? No other symptoms. Passed neuro exam - reflexes, gait, strength, eye exam -perfectly.
Brain tumor: An MRI of the brain will determine if there is a brain tumor. Reducing or eliminating the seizures is the first priority. The anti-convulsant (anti-seizure) medication prescribed by your neurologist is specific to the seizure type. Discuss the side-effects of each medication to help you cope with seizures. ...Read more
Symptomatic treatmen: Hsp is a group of inherited disorders, often insidiously progressive and severe. There are no effective treatments to the underlying damage to the nerve axons so treatment is symptomatic. Baclofen, dantrolene and tinazidine may help with spasticity; oxybutinin with urinary urgency; gabapentin, Pregabalin and duloxetine for neuropathy. Vitamins, d, e and b6 may also help. Physical therapy also. ...Read more
See below: Treating psychomotor retardation is generally linked with treating its underlying cause, which is usually severe depression or bipolar disorder. Treatment sometimes involves therapy; individuals who meet with therapists on a regular basis can sometimes progress beyond their illnesses and lead mentally healthy lives. In other cases, the nature of the disorder necessitates medication. ...Read more
Geriatric epilepsy unknown etiology patient on TEGRETOL . Short memory loss and signs of poor brain circulation(MRI), drugs advised?Cavinton ?
Cerebral blood flow: Carbamazepine is a good agent for seizures, but can be associated with cognitive side effects. If the issue is with blood flow in brain, additional details need to be provided. As for Vinpocetine (Cavinton) there is anecdotal evidence of improvement of blood flow, but there is less experience with that drug in regulated markets (eg US FDA) to comment on usage. ...Read more
Old childhood head trauma. Possible cause for temporal lobe epilepsy? ADHD? Could Neurontin (gabapentin) help with ADHD symptoms, temporal lobe trauma?
What other test(s) can diagnose epileptic seizures in severe dev. Delay child > 5y/o (beside eeg)?
Observe,Video EEG: The label of epilepsy is generally applied when a patient has recurrent neurologic events originating from the brain structures. A normal eeg does not rule out epilepsy, nor does an abnormal eeg always mean epilepsy. Some specialty centers will do a 24hour video eeg to try to capture the events with a simultaneous eeg as they may come at unpredictable times. Some events may not be seizures at all. ...Read more
Ms, myasthenia, gravis disease, tumour, thyroid other than this is there any other neurological problem that cause double vision?
Good list: You have a good list of possibilities that can cause double vision. A couple of other things to consider: head injury-the 6th cranial nerve is sensitive and can be stretched or damaged, thus leading to one eye not being able to look outwards. An aneurysm right next to the 3rd nerve can also cause double vision. A stroke of the brainstem affecting 3, 4, 6 nerve nuclei can lead to double vision. ...Read moreSee 7 more doctor answers
Yes: Neurological complications of gluten enteropathy are rare but recognized. Cerebellar involvement is one of the recognized syndromic manifestations. A neurologist should be consulted. Strict dietary compliance doesn't prevent these complications although as noted they are rare. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have neurological symptoms (numbness on one side, vision issues, brain fog). What neurological disorders give a speckled positive ANA test?
See below: Anas alone are not diagnostic of a disease process. Also up 30% of patients can have a positive ANA and the vast majority do have a autoimmune disease that goes with an ana. I think it is best if you having visual and neurological problems you do want to see both an opthalmologist and a neurologist to rule conditions such as ms. ...Read more
Removal of primary: Complete removal of the tumor causing the paraneoplastic syndrome should help. However, the lesions may not be reversible. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/paraneoplastic-syndromes/basics/definition/CON-20028459 ...Read more