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Optic nerve damage reversible?

Optic nerve damage reversible?

Depends: On time, severity, etc. Specifically depends if the neurons have died (not recoverable at this time since an extension of the central nervous system) or are just in "distress" and could recover when the inflammation or inciting factor is resolved. Typically, not reversible to normal. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Does sural nerve damage cause numbness?

Does sural nerve damage cause numbness?

Yes, it can: The sural nerve is a purely sensory nerve and damage to it can cause numbness on the outside of your ankle and foot. ...Read more

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Is optic nerve damage reversible?

Is optic nerve damage reversible?

Sometimes: Some optic nerve damage is reversible. For example, optic neuritis frequently recovers completely, when the cause is found and can be treated. Optic neuropathy due to vascular disease sometimes recovers. Traumatic injuries of the optic nerve may or may not recover. ...Read more

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Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Could advanced cervical spinal stenosis cause vagus nerve damage?

Vagus nerve / spine: Spinal stenosis should not affect the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is safely outside of the spinal canal. In spinal stenosis, it is the spinal canal that becomes narrowed. ...Read more

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Is nerve injury the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Possibly: Nerve injury implies some kind of damage to the nerve itself. While spinal cord and nerves are both nervous tissue, nerves typically are structures that have branched outside the spinal cord. Injury to the sciatic nerve, for example, is not considered a spinal cord injury. They are very different structures. ...Read more

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Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Can nerve damage to sciatic nerves repair/heal itself?

Maybe, maybe not: Nerve pain from sciatica almost always (over 90%) heals itself. Nerve damage is less predictable. Some nerve damage is reversible, but the healing process is very slow - years. ...Read more

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Can spinal surgery cause nerve damage?

Surgery complication: With any surgery, there is the risk of complications. Some of possible complications are anesthesia complications, bleeding, blood clots, lung complications, infection, persistent pain, hardware failure, implant migration, nerve injury, spinal cord injury, sexual dysfunction .... ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No : Nerve injury is different than spinal cord damage. Spinal cord damage is more severe than nerve injury. ...Read more

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Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

Can nerve injury mean the same as nerve damage or spinal cord damage?

No: The nerves are outside the axial skeleton, and the spinal cord is contained in the bony structure. ...Read more

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Optic nerve crushed, optic nerve transplant?

Optic nerve crushed, optic nerve transplant?

No recourse: A crushed optic nerve (how did this happen to you?) causes permanent changes which will alter the vision sometimes severely. There is currently no treatment known for this and a transplant is not possible. A discussion with a neuro-ophthalmologist would be helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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Can mechanical traction cause nerve damage to pudendal nerves?

Can mechanical traction cause nerve damage to pudendal nerves?

Yes: Anything constantly rubbing or trauma to the area can cause a pudendal injury. Big problem for cyclists... ...Read more

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Can a nerve block cause any permanent nerve damage?

Can a nerve block cause any permanent nerve damage?

Possible/unlikely: As a foot specialist, i perform thousands of injections a year in the form of nerve blocks for procedures and therapeutic injections. It is extremely rare to have any complaints of nerve irritation from the injection after the anesthetic wears off. Dr l. ...Read more

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Can epidurals cause vagal nerve damage?

Can epidurals cause vagal nerve damage?

No: The vagus nerve originates in the brain, so an injection affecting spinal nerves should have no effect. ...Read more

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Could lidocaine cause permanent nerve damage?

Rare but possible: Lidocaine is one type of local anesthetic or "numbing medicine". It is used for numbing skin, in nerve blocks, and in epidurals. It should not be directly injected into a large nerve because the nerve could be damaged. This is why ultrasound is often used to place nerve blocks, so that the local anesthetic is injected near, not in, the nerve. ...Read more

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Can sciatic nerve damage cause erectile dysfunction?

Can sciatic nerve damage cause erectile dysfunction?

Not really: Many people have one or the other conditions so it makes sense that some people have both. The cause of the sciatica symptoms (like a slipped disc) might also cause ed, but more commonly sciatica symptoms are related to the piriformis muscle os would not cause ed. Possible some medications to treat sciatica can cause ed, or there's another issue and pain that seems to be sciatica has another cause. ...Read more

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Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

Cranial nerve damage possible from face laceration?

The cranial nerves : And there are 12, arise in the pons, midbrain and brain stem. The facial laceration is likely to severe/injue branches of vii, the facial nerve, providing innervation of facial muscles. ...Read more

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Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

Can spinal nerve impingement cause penile numbness?

YES: Damage to the nerves that supply the perineum may result in penile numbness. It is well known that bicycle riding, which is an excellent aerobic exercise, may result in penile numbness. This may result from nerve damage or vascular compression resulting arterial insuffiency, swelling and even blood clots. If you're having numbness your pcp may refer you to a urologist & neurolidt for evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more