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People With Brain Injuries
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Any type of dementia: Can cause a regression in behavior.Get a more detailed answer ›
Usualiy not.: Usualiy not, but nobody can predict.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can patients (age 12) with autism and seizure disorder experience gains in cognitive and social function post seizure activity?
Seizure/Autism: Sure.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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