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Primary Cns Vasculitis
Cns vasculitis: CNS vasculitis is usually treated with high-dose steroids such as prednisone, in combination with Cyclophosphamide (a medication that decreases the immune system’s response to autoimmune diseases).In some cases, high-dose steroids alone are tried first; if that does not treat the disease, Cyclophosphamide is added. Treatment must be continued for a prolonged period, sometimes for life. ...Read more
Yes but . . . .: Since pan is a vasculitis, it like the other rheumatological illnesses of this type can cause an associated neuropathy. It would be important to rule out other potential causes like medications, vitamin deficiencies, alcohol, infections, hereditary, diabetes, neurological conditions or vascular compromise. Others too. The onset, time course, distribution, and anatomy can help define it. Emg done? ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Drugs exist: Previous answer on stress reduction which is really important.However, medications exist that can help too. It does depend on which demyelinating problem (ms, cdip), and what type as some treatments are more indicated for certain kinds of ms for example.Many are powerful immune-modulating drugs, and can be by mouth, shot or IV depending. Best to see someone skilled in treatment, such as neurologist. ...Read more
Cranial means brain: If someone has cranial vasculitis, i would assume that the brain is involved suggested a severe illness and requires urgent treatment. Some patients may have mild vasculitis which may just affect the skin and overall is mild. Again, what organs are affected will dictate how severe and different the vasculitis is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See multiple sxs, incl splinter hemorrhages. local consult with rhematologist. no findings support autoimmune disease. PrImary care still thinks autoi?
Autoimmunity: Sometimes an infection can mimic an autoimmune disease, since the infection 'triggers' an activation of the immune system. I would be interested to know exactly 'what' symptoms you're referring to. If you have splinter hemorrhages, then it could be endocarditis. I've seen cases that mimic autoimmune disease since the bacteria trigger things off. Make sure the doc is considering that too. ...Read more
Brain MRI results: differential includes nonspecific demyelinating process such as MS vasculitis and infectious etilogies. What does this mean?
Meaning of MRI: Differential- this refers to the list of possible diagnoses for the person. The radiologist is not exactly sure what the imaging diagnosis is but what they are saying is that it looks like is ms or ms like things. Ms vasculitis (swelling of the arteries seen in ms). The other thing he/she thinks is possible are infectious etiologies (causes: such as bacterial or viral infection. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Need clarification: CNS vasculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the brain and is diagnosed by tests of structure (mri, arteriogram...) and less of function (eeg, evoked potentials. However, there are frequent eeg abnormalities depending upon the presentation of the vasculitis such as whether the patient has had a seizure. I hope this helps. Take care. ...Read more
Many: There is a whole sub-specialty area of neurology called neuromuscular disease that diagnoses and manages all the diseases that affects the peripheral nervous system. There are many diseases in this area and can cause pathology of the nerves and the muscles as well as the connection between the two. It is numerous to list them all here. ...Read more
Does infectious disease specialist treat or study systemic scleroderma. Undifferentied diffuse connective tissue disease,raynauds?
No: these are generally dealt with by rheumatologists. Good luck. ...Read more
Not necessarily : Ms has been said to shorten life span, and untreated this is correct, but several studies have supported normal life if appropriate potent meds are employed. Primary progressive ms does not respond well to the usual meds, and mostly symptomatic interventions are used. There are many research projects nowadays, and best to contact a medical school and get involved. ...Read more
Can methotrexate help with mild vasculitis of brain/cerebritis or neuro symptoms caused my ctd such as lupus?
Can you tell me examples for central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, somatic nervous system?
OK: Central nervous system - brain & spinal cord Peripheral nervous system - all the nerves that come out from the brain and spinal cord. Within the peripheral nervous system you have 'somatic' and 'visceral' nervous systems. Somatic refers to muscle, skeleton, skin. Visceral refers to internal organs. In a nutshell! ...Read more