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What is the prognosis for a brain stem stroke, 7 days ago, still on ventilator?

What is the prognosis for a brain stem stroke, 7 days ago, still on ventilator?

It depends.: The prognosis depends on many variables, such as the patient's age, other health conditions, and underlying cause of the stroke. However the need for mechanical ventilation a week out is, in general, not a good sign. ...Read more

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The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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Can a brain stem stroke have a role in a mva of being hit from behind?

Can a brain stem stroke  have a role in a mva of being hit from behind?

The driver or you?: Not sure what you are asking, but let's assume, you got rear ended, and it caused a stroke, at the base of your brain. If you have atherosclerosis, with brittle blood vessels, and arthritic degeneration of the cervical spine, the vertebral artery can be torqued in the foramen transversarum in the neck and result in a stroke. ...Read more

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Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis? I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis?  I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Typically yes: yes typically acute stroke will show up on MRI brain. In very rare instances strokes can be not seen (especially posterior circulation related) and the term "MRI negative stroke" is used in such a scenario. If you think you had a stroke you need to go to ED immediately to get MRI brain and close observation as some strokes can result in a dangerous brain swelling especially in young adults. ...Read more

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Can a brain stem stroke cause bowel problems? After my dads stroke he can't control his bowels and it burns him up?

Can a brain stem stroke cause bowel problems? After my dads stroke he can't control his bowels and it burns him up?

Maybe: Depending upon location and size of the stroke, secondary bowel and/or bladder control issues may follow, but there may be other reasons, such as chronic infections, low intact of fiber, and dietary problems. This should definitely be explored thoroughly with your physicians. ...Read more

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Leg and toe tightness had brain stem stroke 3 years ago 49 female?

Leg and toe tightness had brain stem stroke 3 years ago 49 female?

Upper motor neuron: A stroke often causes weakness after injuring fibers within what is called the corticospinal tract. This runs through the brain stem. After the weakness recovers, residual effects may be tightness (increased muscle tone) and increased reflexes. These may persist years after a stroke. ...Read more

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Neck pain for months following mva was in back seat rear ended. Bulging and hernaited disks, pinched nerve c5-t1? Tos can I get a brain stem stroke ?

Neck pain for months following mva was in back seat rear ended. Bulging and hernaited disks, 
pinched nerve c5-t1? Tos can I get a brain stem stroke ?

CVA: Brain stem is considerably higher than where you were injured. Brain stem stroke could be traumatic but more usually a vascular phenomenon. I note you are on warfarin, this would make you a little higher risk if involved in trauma. ...Read more

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Did I maybe have a brain-stem stroke? Took pseudoephedrine, BP shot from 110/55 to 217/117, was vomiting, dizzy, blurry vision, migraine. MRI normal.

Did I maybe have a brain-stem stroke?  Took pseudoephedrine, BP shot from 110/55 to 217/117, was vomiting, dizzy, blurry vision, migraine. MRI normal.

Adverse Effect: I think perhaps you were given a larger dose than needed or you have a hypersensitivity to this medication. Pseudoephedrine usually used just to decrease symptoms relating to a cold or flu. (Watery eyes, runny nose, stuffy head/sinuses, scratchy throat). Adverse effects of this OTC med is to raise BP, cause restlessness, tremor, insomnia, nervousness, to name a few. ...Read more

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Heart EF 20%.suddenly brain stroke,hepc,,bp low n pulse fluctuating..doc says recovery only if heart stabilise..breathing normal now after ventilator ?

Heart EF 20%.suddenly brain stroke,hepc,,bp low n pulse fluctuating..doc says recovery only if heart stabilise..breathing normal now after ventilator ?

Speak with your doc: It sounds as if you have a sick family member in the hospital? It is best to speak with the physicians at your loved ones hospital. Some patients are able to breath normally after being on a ventilator. ...Read more

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What can damage the the upper brain stem?

What can damage the the upper brain stem?

Multiple problems: in older folks, local strokes, either from end arteries within stem, or without in vertebrobasilar circulation. Might have significant trauma causing vertebral artery dissection. Can see midline posterior tumors, mainly in children. Can be an area of involvement in multiple sclerosis, vasculitis, sarcoidosis, Lyme disease, etc. If there seems localized damage, an answer is needed. ...Read more