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We just found out our 7 year old daughter has underdeveloped gray matter in her brain. Is this perminant or is it something that can be improved?
Exercise brain: Children's brains are extremely adaptable and very frequently if one part of brain injured or deficient, other parts of brain can be trained to do that task, espeically in kids. Thus, she may never get "more" gray matter, but you can totally expand the capabilites of the gray matter she does have! You have to train it like athletes train muscles, though, so start working on areas she has needs! Read more
Brain anatomy: Within the skull there is a thick membrane called the tentorium which partially separates the cavity into two main sections. The cerebellum is the brain tissue below the tentorium and the cerebrum is all the brain tissue above the tentorium The two are connected via the brainstem. Read more
Cerebellum: She will have balance, visual issues and co-ordination issues. Best for you not to wait to see if this happens. Any swelling in the brain is bad - I would suggest you take her in for an examination. Read more
Depends: It dependes on the type location and extent of the injury. Read more
Medulloblastoma: Medulloblastomas are malignant fast growing tumors that arise in the cerebellum or posterior fossa. There are a variety of cellular subtypes and prognosis is based on size, location, extent of surgical resection, and the presence or absence of metastatic spread into the cranial spinal axis. Genetic testing of tumor subtypes can determine prognosis as well. Check out the ABTA for more information. Read more
Not necessarily: Cerebellar hypoplasia means failure of the normal development of the cerebellum so that it is smaller than normal at birth. This is just one of many causes of small cerebellum; the other causes being due to the shrinking of the cerebellum after birth (atrophy). So, not all children with a small cerebellum have hypoplasia. The radiologist will often be able to tell the difference between the two. Read more
Cerebellum: Yes. The cerebellum is normal. A prominent or mega cisterna magna is a variation of normal brain anatomy and does not require surgery. There is no abnormality of the cerebellum or other brain structures. Read more
Cerebellum: Is coordination and balance a simplistic way of thinking of it. Read more
Not really: Some people claim that foods or pills that contain choline and 5-htp can help, but the studies have been inconclusive. Egg yolk and beef are highest in choline but so is cholesterol. Spinach, seaweed and soy protein are high in tryptophan, a precursor of 5-htp. Don't take the pills as they can have serious side effects. Read more
It feels like its in the lower right part of the cerebellum. Its like a tickling sensation. But its really irritating.?
Hard to tell: Although it is probably not emergent, there can be a pathology contributing to the sensation you describe. I would make an appointment with your doctor so they can rule some possibilities like tumor, muscle pain, infection, etc. A blood clot that moves to the brain is a medical emergency. If you suddenly feel one-sided body weakness, cannot smile or speak, that is your cue to get to the er! Read more
If I had tumor in cerebellum, would I have more symptoms other than sense of being off balance? I have a good balance. Just feel off balance.
I do not understand: From what you a re saying, you have a problem with balance. If it is making it difficult for you to function, get your head checked with an x-ray (ct or mri). There is no other definite answers unless you want to wait for sometime which will either make the symptoms worse (if you had a real problem) or you will get well in which case you did not have the problem. So you can choose either of the opti. Read more
You're confused: Neuronal receptors are proteins that float around in neurons' cell membranes. The nr1 subunit is a part of the nmda receptor. Nmda receptors make up only about 1% of cerebral neuronal receptors but they are widely distributed throughout the entire brain. They play a part in long-term potentiation, which is believed to be one of the mechanisms of learning and memory. Read more
Congenital variation: Arnold chiari syndrome describes a congenital abnormal positioning at the cerebellum and brainstem, and may be totally symptomatic or if advanced could cause problems with gait, leg strength, coordination, etc. The cerebellum might be affected by a brain tumor or mass and this could cause a more malignant problem. Read more