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What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

What is the survival rate of patients with brain stem gliomas?

Poor survival rate: Brainstem gliomas are primary brain tumors that arise from the glial tissue and are usually astrocytomas (grades 1-4). Diagnosis is by mri. Rarely are these biopsied or operated upon because of their critical location in the brainstem. For the highest grade, survival is on the order of months. The lower grade may survive a couple of years. Radiation and chemotherapy do play a role in treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Buchsbaum
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Glioma (Definition)

A tumor or neoplasm of the glial, non nerve ...Read more


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How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

How long do most people survive brain stem glioma, before it kills them?

Variable: 'brainstem glioma' as a term covers a variety of very different tumors. The classic pediatric 'brainstem glioma' is a diffuse infiltrating high grade tumor of the pons, and it is usually fatal in less than two years from diagnosis. Some children and some adults have focal brainstem tumors, more commonly of the midbrain or medulla, and these may be surgically removable and have a long survival. ...Read more

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Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

Is a glioblastoma multiforme the same thing as a brain stem glioma?

No GBM: Describes the cellualar and histologic characteristic; the "brain stem" describes a location. ...Read more

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My wife was diagnosed with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

My wife was diagnosed  with brain stem glioma, she's having radio therapy for 20days now still can't move the right arm and leg. Can't walk ?

Brain stem infarct: Glioma in the brain stem can cause compression, producing focal neurological and motor deficit in the ipsilateral vs. contralateral side, depending on the level above versus below the the pyramidal decussation in the medulla of the brain stem. Stereotactic radiotherapy or gamma knife can produce radiation necrosis of the neuron causing brain stem infarction in some cases ...Read more

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I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

I've been diagnosis with a low grade, slow growing, brain stem glioma. About 3 weeks ago my left ear starting cracking and now my jaw hurts. Is it growing?

Impossible to tell : You will have to undergo a repeat MRI to tell, in general your symptoms do not fit with a enlarging brain tumor but i would discuss this with your treating physician who will then determine the need for a scan. ...Read more

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Could you who had a benign brain stem pilocytic astrocytoma 100% removed in his teens have a full life, not shortened?

Astrocytoma: Pilocystic astrocytoma totally resected with a normal postoperative MR showing no residual tumor can have an excellent if not normal life expectancy. There are rare reported re-occurrence but this is rare. ...Read more

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Can a patient that has brain stem swelling run a high fever and will there be any long term problems from this?

Can a patient that has brain stem swelling run a high fever and will there be any long term problems from this?

Very complicated.: This is a situation which cannot be answered in a few words. There are many potential complications, infectious and otherwise, in a patient with brain swelling (which may not be limited to the brain stem). This sounds like a potentially life-threatening situation and discussing it with the patient, their doctor, or the family would be best. Hope they are better soon. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

What is the survival rate of patients with anaplastic astrocytoma?

3 years: The median survival for patients with a diagnosis of an anaplastic astrocytoma is 2.8 years (reference: journal of neurosurgery. 2007 apr;106(4):575-81.).

The most important factor in determining the survival time period is the extent to which the tumor is removed surgically. ...Read more

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How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

How long do patients usually stay on chemotherapy for brain cancer like glioma?

Temozolamide: Is used in lower doses as a daily oral drug during 6 weeks of radiotherapy, and then for 6 cycles afterward in a higher dose schedule. ...Read more

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For brain cancer what is the typical survival rate grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. All I have found is 3-5 years ?

For brain cancer what is the typical survival rate grade 3 anaplastic astrocytoma. All I have found is 3-5 years ?

MAY be longer: My wife had a 6cm grd 3 astrocytoma in 2000. She had surgery, radiation and chemo. She remains in remission. ...Read more

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Was a healthy 39 year old brain tumor patient who had a grade 3 astrocytoma brain tumor removed with 7 hours of brain surgery?

Question is vague: It seems that you are asking if it is possible for a 39 yo to have a grade iii astrocytoma and undergo 7 hours of brain surgery. This is not an unusual scenario. Often times these tumors are infiltrative and take a lot of time to dissect and remove.The prognosis is dependent on molecular markers, response to chemo and radiation. Work closely with your neurosurgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist. ...Read more

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What does the brain stem do?

What does the brain stem do?

Brain stem: 1.Conduction of sensory & motor nerves to & from the brain.
2.Cranial nerves 3-12 to supply face & head & viscera.
3.Integrativefunctions for Cardiovascular system control, respiratory control, pain sensitivity control, alertness, awareness & consciousness. ...Read more

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Bleeding at lower brain stem?

Bad event: Brain stem hemorrhage is not great, as relatively small area with critical nerves and connections. Hard to control once started, and often pts left with chronic disability. I know this is not good news, but hopefully careful inpatient medical care will lead to survival and rehabilitation measures to restoration. ...Read more

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What causes fluid in the brain stem?

What causes fluid in the brain stem?

Many reasons: Fluid in the brain can be normal or abnormal. There is spinal fluid all the time around the brainstem, but accumulation of fluid such as hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri can cause problems. There are of course infection, tumors and other conditions that lead to fluid in the brain. You need to be under the care of a neurologist and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

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Does and EEG pick up brain stem neuron activity?

Does and EEG pick up brain stem neuron activity?

No: It does not pick up direct brainstem activity. Brainstem can modulate cortical ( surface of brain) activity which is what is seen on eeg. ...Read more

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Why is it that severe brain stem contusions result in unconsciousness?

Why is it that severe brain stem contusions result in unconsciousness?

Injury to RAS: Because of injury to the neurons and pathway of the reticular activating system that is responsible for consciousness. ...Read more

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What to do if my brain stem injury due to chiropractic neck alignments?

What to do if my brain stem injury due to chiropractic neck alignments?

Spine Specialist: Recommend seeing a fellowship trained spine/pain specialist. ...Read more

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Can a brain stem stroke have a role in a mva of being hit from behind?

Can a brain stem stroke  have a role in a mva of being hit from behind?

The driver or you?: Not sure what you are asking, but let's assume, you got rear ended, and it caused a stroke, at the base of your brain. If you have atherosclerosis, with brittle blood vessels, and arthritic degeneration of the cervical spine, the vertebral artery can be torqued in the foramen transversarum in the neck and result in a stroke. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to treat, or reduce the size of a brain stem cavernoma with diet or supplements?

Is there anyway to treat, or reduce the size of a brain stem cavernoma with diet or supplements?

No: Central cavernomas are serious, interesting phenomena. As you must know, if it's that deep, then surgical removal is probably not possible (or wise). But critical issues are the extent of arterial involvement (if any), and of larger than capillary involvement (if any). Your neurologist and neurosurgeon should be able to give you a solid assessment of this. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of PPMS? Had a Brain and brain stem MRI - normal. I still think I have PPMS.

What are symptoms of PPMS? Had a Brain and brain stem MRI - normal. I still think I have PPMS.

See a neurologist: Primary progressive multiple sclerosis is a form of MS based on the timeline of your symptoms. In order to be diagnosed with PPMS, you must first have a diagnosis of MS by a neurologist. Secondly, you must have a clinical course that is indicative of PPMS - it can only be diagnosed over time. See a neurologist for further evaluation. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/multiplesclerosis.html ...Read more

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Is there any way to treat, or reduce the size of a brain stem cavernoma with diet or supplements?

Is there any way to treat, or reduce the size of a brain stem cavernoma with diet or supplements?

Unfortunately, no: Brain stem cavernomas can present with a variety of symptoms but may not need to removed unless they cause compression of the brain stem or have multiple bleeds. Surgical excision is the only known effective treatment of these lesions. ...Read more

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In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing? Age 73 person is in coma blood desolving

In messive barin hemrraige can upper brain stem recover with time passing?
Age 73
person is in coma 
blood desolving

Pressure effects: Bleeding into the brain produces severe pressure effects that can damage the brainstem. The blood itself can dissolve and go away, but the brain damage remains. Some recovery may occur, independent of what happens to the blood. Recovery from coma may be very slow and hard to predict. The primary doctor should be able to help you understand the prognosis. ...Read more

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I have had an aneurysm on my brain stem which was repaired with an aneurysm clip, can you still get more aneurysms later?

I have had an aneurysm on my brain stem which was repaired with an aneurysm clip, can you still get more aneurysms later?

Sometimes: Most cerebral aneurysms are congenital in origin and rarely multiple unless you have an underlying genetic condition. If they did a full angiogram in the past, they would have looked at all the vessels. If they did not, you should get one. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for developing cerebral aneurysms. ...Read more

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Coma after brain stem bleeding. Age 75. Midsize bleeding. How long should we wait until we are sure that there will be no cure?

Coma after brain stem bleeding. Age 75. Midsize bleeding. How long should we wait until we are sure that there will be no cure?

More info: That question requires more information. An eeg should be a helpful predictor of prognosis. Speak with your neurologist. Many doctors are using medication to try and increase alertness-speak with the treating doctor about a trial of modafanil or amantidine. ...Read more

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They said I have fluid in my brain stem that's why i see double vision and speech problem but did i get fluid in my brain stem?

Many reasons: Fluid in the brain can be normal or abnormal. There is spinal fluid all the time around the brainstem, but accumulation of fluid such as hydrocephalus and pseudotumor cerebri can cause problems. There are of course infection, tumors and other conditions that lead to fluid in the brain. You need to be under the care of a neurologist and get all your questions answered. ...Read more

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Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis? I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Is a brain stem stroke diagnosable by MRI, or is it just a clinical diagnosis?  I have an inkling by looking at the symptoms that I had one.

Typically yes: yes typically acute stroke will show up on MRI brain. In very rare instances strokes can be not seen (especially posterior circulation related) and the term "MRI negative stroke" is used in such a scenario. If you think you had a stroke you need to go to ED immediately to get MRI brain and close observation as some strokes can result in a dangerous brain swelling especially in young adults. ...Read more

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My left side of my brain stem is being slightly pinched. Chiropractor is working it out over a few visits. Any other suggestions on what to do?

My left side of my brain stem is being slightly pinched. Chiropractor is working it out over a few visits. Any other suggestions on what to do?

Are you kidding me?: That's the most outrageous claptrap I've heard in a long time. As a neurologist, I'm here to tell you: If your brainstem really WERE being pinched, you wouldn't be at a computer, & a chiropractor couldn't "work it out." You'd be in an OR & a neurosurgeon would be cutting a hole in your head to go in there & do his best to save your life. Your brainstem is FINE. That is quackery with a capital Q. ...Read more

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What are brain stem function?

What are brain stem function?

For life: Brain stem functions include most things we do reflexively without thinking, like breathing, swallowing, adjusting our heart rate to our environment, sweating on the face, moving our eyes in unison, keeping our balance and even digesting food. The brain stem also houses the nerves that innervate the structures of the head, including facial muscles. ...Read more