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I've noticed recently prominent temporal wasting in a friend, 43yo male, along with wgt loss. What could be the causes?
Avoid trauma: The skull will be weaker on the side of surgery. Just be careful and avoid trauma to this area. If you ride a bike, motorcycle, ski, or engage in other activities that might cause you to hit your head wear a helmet! ...Read more
More short term: Immediate memory involves subiculum. Short-term otherwise, the connections between subrhinal and entorhinal cortices to hippocampus via perforant pathway. More complex longer lasting memory traces involve gray matter and multiple association areas. Best way to understand is the model of alzheimer's, damage early to nerves in these pathways. ...Read more
Inflamed vessels: The immune system sometimes attacks the blood vessels around the head. The symptoms can be severe headache, jaw pain with chewing, tongue pain, double vision, and sometimes permanent visual loss. Some have fatigue, fever, and pain/stiffness of shoulder and hip areas. ESR and CRP usually elevated. Diagnosed by biopsy of the temporal artery. Typically affects those over 50 and not a 37 year old ...Read more
Left or right: Every stroke is unique, with effects dependent upon many factors including physical fitness, co-morbidities, size of brain tissue injury, rapidity of onset, mechanism of onset. Recovery may come in days, weeks, years, or never. If the stroke involves the dominant temporal responsible for speech prognosis is worse than for equal sized non-dominant temporal lobe stroke, other things being equal. ...Read more
Usually painful: Temporal arteritis is a condition that involves inflammation of the blood vessels, particularly in the area around the temples. Other symptoms can include vision loss. This is a condition that typically affects people age 60 and over; it is extremely unlikely to affect someone who is 21. ...Read more