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Why do people with brain injuries sleep more?

Why do people with brain injuries sleep more?

Brain controls: Sleep regulation is highly complex and involves multiple areas of the brain. With brain injury there could be increased, decreased, or irregular sleep due to imbalance between brain chemicals. Depression might cause increased sleep. Certain medications administered can also cause sleepiness. ...Read more

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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Do people who suffer impaired cognition as a result of a brain tumor recover their faculties?

Do people who suffer impaired cognition as a result of a brain tumor recover their faculties?

Some: Unfortunately usually some permanant brain injury occurs during removal of the malignancy, but with effort improvement can be made with cognition and motor skills. ...Read more

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People with brain injury typically have what symptoms?

Big spectrum: It all depends what part of the cerebrum and brain stem are involved in the trauma and what kind of lesion was produced by the trauma: 1. A collection of blood between the brain and the skull can produce seizures, paralysis of the contralateral side, and death from compression of vital structures. A conrtusion (bruising) of the brain can also produce seizures, and paralysis but it may recover. ...Read more

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Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Can someone develop bipolar disorder from traumatic brain injury?

Yes.: It's not especially common, but some people do develop bipolar disorder after brain injury. The mechanism is not well understood. Treatment approaches are essentially identical in terms of medications, but response rates may be less robust. ...Read more

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Can someone who experienced a mild tbi (traumatic brain injury) join the military?

Can someone who experienced a mild tbi (traumatic brain injury) join the military?

Depends: Usually most patients with a mild tbi make a full recovery. Whether or not they may join the military and in what capacity depends on whether there are any residual neurological deficits that would impede their ability to serve. ...Read more

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Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Are there people with brainstem glioma who survived?

Yes, survivors exist: Brain stem tumors approach 30% of posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group. Biopsy is done on occasion, but if the tumor is intrinsic to the brain stem, radiation therapy is often done without biopsy. If the symptoms are minimal one can sometimes follow up with repeat imaging at intervals. The tumors are classified by location rather than histology and their behavior is unpredictable. Po. ...Read more

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Do people with sports injuries make up the majority of physical therapy patients?

Do people with sports injuries make up the majority of physical therapy patients?

In a word NO.: Pt offices are a mix of patients with many different issues. Exclusive sports pt offices exist but they are usually in or associated with a sports program such as a college athletic department. In general sports injuries probably make up 30% of all injuries. Pt's see post-surgical patients from trauma, fractures, falls, strokes, heart surgery, general surgery, hand injuries, work injuries, etc. ...Read more

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Do most cases of people with paradoxical reactions to benzos occur in people with underlying mental disorders?

Do most cases of people with paradoxical reactions to benzos occur in people with underlying mental disorders?

No: Younger people and children are the most likely. (of course, some might argue that all children have underlying mental disorders...Just kidding!). Seriously, it's an unpredictable reaction. People who discover that they have this unusual reaction should then just avoid the drugs in the future. ...Read more

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How are visual impairments diagnosed in people with dementia?

How are visual impairments diagnosed in people with dementia?

Optometrist: Like anyone else, people with dementia should be routinely evaluated by an optometrist. Dementia sufferers at an elevated risk for visual problems, given shared risk factors (age, vasculpathy, etc.) also, important to identify and correct/treat, as any diminished sensory perception will exacerbate dementia symptoms. ...Read more

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Who can help with longterm effect of traumatic head injury?

Who can help with longterm effect of traumatic head injury?

Physiatrists: Physiatrists are physicians that specialize in rehabilitation including brain injury rehab. Some are more focused on head injury than others. You may sometimes find a neurologist who has an interest in the area. Speech therapists play a critical role in management as well. ...Read more

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How can people deal with being brain dead?

How can people deal with being brain dead?

The person doesn't: Deal with it - their brain is no longer capable of that type of function. ...Read more

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Can brain damage in older veteran cause delusions and hallucinations/ what parts of brain are affected?

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Can brain damage in older veteran cause delusions and hallucinations/ what parts of brain are affected?

Dementia: Frontal lobe cause blunting. Parietal lobe cause auditory hallucinations. Temporal lobe cause disturbed emotions. Occipital lobe cause visual hallucinations. ...Read more

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Can a head injury with brain damage lead to multiple sclerosis?

Can a head injury with brain damage lead to multiple sclerosis?

No: Ms is at this point considered to be an immune related condition. The cause of MS unfortunately less understood: most neuroscientist feel that the immune system ("body police") attack the brain. This is reflected in the highly efficacious MS therapy available such as interferons, cop axone and tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Do people with pba have history of head injuries or major psychological trauma? And does pba associate with other neurological disorders such as als?

Pseudobulbar affect: (pba) has several causes including ALS and tbi as you mention. It has also been described in hypertensive encephalopathy, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease, or pseudobulbar palsy to name a few. The term refers to involuntary or uncontrollable crying/laughter which is frequently mood incongruent. Neudextra has been shown to be useful in reducing these emotional displays. ...Read more

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How can spinal cord injury patients manage their body temperature?

Environmentally: Good question. Patients with spinal cord injury (particularly higher level, more complete injuries) are 'poikilothermic' meaning that their environment dictates their body temperature. Out in the heat, a person with quadriplegia may run fever. In the cold, hypothermia is a real concern. The best solution: get out of the elements. Dress appropriately, layer, and monitor body temp while outdoors. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Brain Injury (Definition)

damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more