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What is epilepsy?

What is epilepsy?

Risk for seizures: Epilepsy is a clinical condition of a risk for seizures. Most common is symptomatic epilepsy in which a scar focus or metabolic disorder or genetic condition is the cause. Many epilepsies are called ideopathic because no definite cause can be found. Detailed history, thorough neurological examination, eeg, brain imaging, and genetic and metabolic evaluations may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Hello, what is awake craniotomy?

Hello, what is awake craniotomy?

No endotracheal tube: The key to the awake craniotomy is that there is no endotracheal administered anesthesia. The anesthesiologist performs scalp blocks to numb the scalp and gives some IV medications (ie. Presedex or propofol). The patient is able to respond to questions/follow commands/move. This is extremely valuable for the neurosurgeon trying to operate in eloquent areas of the brain and preserve function. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about temporal lobectomy epilepsy surgery?

What can you tell me about temporal lobectomy epilepsy surgery?

Temporal lobectomy: for intractable seizures improves seizure control in 85% of patients. If resection can avoid memory, emotion & language comprehension sites identified pre-operatively & verbal memory sites identified by intra--operative electrical stimulation, risk of post-op deficits is less. See http://epilepsy.med.nyu.edu/epilepsy-surgery/surgery-treatment-options/temporal-lobe-resections#sthash.FKMzRNaK.dpbs ...Read more

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What are seizures?

What are seizures?

Bad brain activity: A seizure is an abnormal motor or sensory event that is caused by abnormal electrical discharges of the brain. Usually the brain can inhibit or suppress abnormal activity. However in certain disease states, genetic syndromes, scarring of the brain or acute infection or injury, the brain inhibition is lost and seizure activity will occur. ...Read more

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Please tell me what are complex partial seizures?

Please tell me what are complex partial seizures?

See below: It is a seizure that starts off in one area of the brain and spreads to the whole hemisphere causing loss of awareness. It usually has a preceding aura such as deja vu, depersonalization feelings, etc. There maybe automatisms associated with it (for example lip smacking, moving fingers in a pattern, or chewing). It can lead to involvement globally which is called secondary generalization. ...Read more

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What is bi-temporal epileptogenic discharge?

What is bi-temporal epileptogenic discharge?

Epileptogenic d/c: epileptogenic discharges recorded on EEG indicate a potential seizure promoting focus. In your question, there appear to be foci present in both temporal lobes. ...Read more

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Please explain what exactly is morphine used for, i know pain but what kind?

Please explain what exactly is morphine used for, i know pain but what kind?

Pain...: Acute Pain, and Chronic Pain. Before for chest pain (heart attack) now it's controversial. Works for all types of pain in the body, less effective for neuropathic pain, but still effective. it is also used to treat shortness of breath. ...Read more

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What is bitemporal epilepsy?

What is bitemporal epilepsy?

Both sides: Epilepsy where seizures arise from both temporal lobes in a person. (Not typically at the same time.) ...Read more

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What are frontal seizures?

What are frontal seizures?

Type of seizure: When abnormal electrical discharges come from frontal lobe of brain, it is called frontal seizure. ...Read more

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What is some epileptic fit advice?

What is some epileptic fit advice?

No spoon in mouth: For those observing a seizure, lay victim on their side and make space for them. Do not put anything in their mouths. If seizure lasts for more than 5 minutes in a patient with known epilepsy, call an ambulance. If victim never had a seizure or it is not known about their history, call an ambulance. ...Read more

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Astrocytoma -braintumour questions, what to do?

Astrocytoma -braintumour questions, what to do?

Further work up: It is important to know the details of your diagnosis to make the best decision in pursuing treatment. The grade of the tumor is important. If you can have a complete resection is important. Also, I would recommend looking to see if there are any open clinical trials, as there are multiple available. ...Read more

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Please answer! what kind of itch do lice give?

Please answer! what kind of itch do lice give?

Marked Itching!: Whether they are head, pubic or body lice - they are reported to cause intense itching. The lice may also cause pink to red bumps w central dot. When body lice have been present for a long time – surrounding skin may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Please tell me what can I do about scintillating scotoma?

Relax and ignore it: A scintillating scotoma is a benign visual disturbance that can be the start of a classic migraine headache, or occur alone as an ophthalmic migraine without any associated headaches. There is no effective treatment for a scintillating scotoma. ...Read more

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Help! exactly what is stimming (asperger's)?

Help! exactly what is stimming (asperger's)?

Benign passengers: Pinworms are a human only problem.Intake of the eggs off your fingers allows them to transit your GI tract and set up shop in the large intestines. In kids and adults, the primary symptom is anal itching.The pregnant worm crawls out the anus at night and lays eggs in an irritating glue like material.People develop itching to the irritation and scratching disperses eggs into the bed. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is occipital encephalocele?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is occipital encephalocele?

Encephalocele: The occipital region is the back side of the head, an encephalocele is a defect in the skull bone where part of the brain protrudes though the bone defect. This is a finding most commonly diagnosed at the time of birth. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lacunar infarct on right thalamus?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lacunar infarct on right thalamus?

Small stroke: A lacunar infarct refers to a small stroke (size wise). However because of their location in the brain, where lots of nerves are crossing over (think major highway interchange in your city), they can sometimes cause major problems. The thalamus is a deep brain structure that is responsible for sorting lots of signals in the brain. ...Read more

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What exactly does bi-temporal epileptogenic discharge means?

What exactly does bi-temporal epileptogenic discharge means?

Abnormal.: "epileptogenic discharge" is one term for the shape of certain brain waves that are often associated with the tendency to have seizures. The temporal lobe is a common area to suffer from that tendency; "bi-temporal" means "two" (both) temporal lobes (there is one on each side of the brain) show this pattern. ...Read more

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Any ideas on why i'm having nightmares about shots/needles? What does this mean?

Any ideas on why i'm having nightmares about shots/needles? What does this mean?

Dreams are very: Symbolic. Dreams are best interpreted by the dreamer, as that person understands the context within which they occur. ...Read more

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What is grandma seizure?

What is grandma seizure?

"Grand Mal": -- seizure involving whole body, all extremities shaking, also drooling, loss of consciousness, and incontinence. ...Read more

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What are doctors opinions about bald babies and what it means?

What are doctors opinions about bald babies and what it means?

Usually OK: There is much variation in the amount of hair a baby will have and it does not have any correlation with how much hair they will wind up having on their head. Most bald babies eventually start growing hair on their heads. There are a few genetic conditions where no hair ever grows, but these are quite rare. ...Read more