Top 20 Doctor insights on: What are the causes of a spinal stroke
Spinal cord strokes:
A spinal stroke is special because it can be related to low blood pressure or vascular changes around the spinal cord. People do not normally have multiple spinal strokes.
Spinal strokes are otherwise prevented like other strokes. Their care may be a little different due to symptoms caused by spinal cord disease can be different than those from brain disease. E.g. Bowel and bladder function ...Read more
Maybe: Depending on the optic nerve issue, spinal tap could look for infectious etiology, increase intracranial pressure issues such as pseudotumor cerebri, check for hemorrhage/ immunoglobulins such as CNS bleeding or ms, or many other issues. Ask your eye doctor or neurologist for a complete explanation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a stroke during spinal surgery that left me in wheelchair My neck has a six inch rod in my neck I am overweight am I at risk for more stoke?
That is dependent as: To the reason you had a stroke in the first place. Was it related to the surgery directly or an underlying condition like an irregular heart beat, a period of low blood pressure during surgery, a blood vessel issue in your brain, a blood coagulation issue etc. This is best discussed with your physician as to your specific risks based on the cause if known. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brain: Stroke is a condition that primarily affects the brain. There are ischemic strokes where a particular blood vessel is blocked and the part of the brain that is perfused is deprived of blood/oxygen and then dies. There are hemorrhagic strokes where there is the accumulation of blood in the brain (intracerebral hemorrhage)or aneuysmal bleed where the blood spills out into the outer layers of the brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Risk factors include: Hypertension, diabetes, high blood fats (especially triglycerides), high homocysteine, cigarette smoking, alcohol abuse, drug abuse (especially sympathomimetic amines, like cocaine, speed), trauma (arterial dissection), arteritis or vasculitis (lupus, etc), vascular malformations (aneurysm, avm), emboli (distant blood clots from heart, or paradoxical like pfo), and genetic such as mthfr mutations. ...Read more
Two type of stroke:
hemorrhagic (bleeding) stroke
ischemic (non-bleeding) stroke
loss of speech
loss of vision
facial weakness (abnormal face)
identify the cause of stroke such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, irregular heart rhythm, etc.
Optimal control of stroke risk factors
physical therapy. ...Read more
Usually the wrong: Patient being operated on for the wrong diagnosis by the wrong surgeon. Fusion surgery has very select criteria and best outcomes also with non smokers, non diabetics, not obese patients and with no bone density loss in good medical condition with reasonable expectations. Even the type of fusion may affect outcome. ...Read more
CVA: Stroke is blockage of blood vessels causing secondary death of brain tissue. This can occur due to local thrombosis or distal embolism. The latter might be due to a clot from the heart, the former associated with hypertension, diabetes, high blood fats, homocysteine. Could present with sudden focal weakness of arm and leg, loss of speech or vision, gait imbalance, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely!: Either acutely with the stroke or afterwards when recovering or haveing recovered from the stroke, one can have headaches. There would be multiple reasons for this and not in the perview of 400 letter space here. Discuss your yoiur neurologist, pcp or neurosurgeon. Best to you. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Spinal tap pain: Sometimes patients have a "spinal headache" following lumbar puncture ("spinal tap") because a small amount of fluid continues to leak from the site. In other patients, pain occurs because bleeding or infection has occured in the area. In any of these cases, it is exceedingly important to report these symptoms to your doctor so that you can be diagnosed and managed appropriately! ...Read more
See discussion: Hitting your head won't cause a stroke in the way we generally refer to a stroke-a blockage of a blood vessel in your brain. However hitting your head hard can do some other things that aren't good. A more likely effect would be a concussion, which can have neurological effects on you. Less likely, but a hard hit could potentially cause a bleed in your brain, & this could have stroke-like effects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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