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What symptoms will help a doctor diagnose brain aneurysm?

What symptoms will help a doctor diagnose brain aneurysm?

Thunderclap headache: Very abrupt onset within a few seconds of a very very severe headache (so called "thunderclap headache") is the most suggestive sign since this is how bleeding into the subarachnoid space (in effect bleeding from annaneurysm) within the cranium announces itself. ...Read more

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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is an abnormally dilated blood vessel, usually defined as a diameter 2x normal or larger. As weakened vessels get larger, there is risk of potential ...Read more


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How could radioisotopes help a doctor to diagnose brain tumour?

How could radioisotopes help a doctor to diagnose brain tumour?

Nuclear medicine/PET: Radiotracer examples include 18F-FDG and 18F-DOPA. Because of their increased metabolic demand, brain tumors will "light up" with the radiotracer on PET scans in comparison to non-cancerous areas of the brain. The role of nuclear medicine in diagnosing brain tumors is still in the early stages. MRI is still most often used. Reference: http://jnm.snmjournals.org/content/48/9/1468.full.pdf ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a related diagnosis to symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

Anyone know what is a related diagnosis to symptoms of a brain aneurysm?

Adult: Polycystic kidney disease is related to brain aneurysm formation. Brain aneurysms are not usually symptomatic unless they bleed or are of sufficient size to push on adjacent nerves. ...Read more

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How do you test for partial seizures/seizures? Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

How do you test for partial seizures/seizures?  Is it accurate? Would a brain CT reveal a answer? Noticed symptoms can mimic anxiety disorder symptoms

Excellent question: To identify partial seizures, whether simple or complex, we need to catch them on an EEG, an electroencephalograph - video 72 hr telemetry. 1-hr EEGs are close to useless. A CT/MRI/PET may identify a lesion responsible for the seizure activity, or other pathology associated with seizure disorders. If you need EEG, ask if the doc wants to wean you off of the benzo which blunts seizure activity. ...Read more

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How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

How do you tell if your headache is a brain tumor?

No sure way: Headaches that are associated with nausea and awaken you from sleep are more worrisome than others. Also headaches that do not resolve with time, otc medications can also be worrisome. Most headaches are not from brain tumors. If the headache is associated with other neurologic findings a scan is in order. ...Read more

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Please help me? What does a brain aneurysm cause?

Please help me? What does a brain aneurysm cause?

Brain aneurysm: If brain anuerysm grows it could cause headache, pressure effects on brain tissue leads to strokes, epilepsy, rupture could cause big hemorragic stroke or death. ...Read more

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How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

How fast can a brain aneurysm develop? Is a CT or MRI adequate diagnostic tools? What else could cause daily headaches.

Depends on size: Ct or mr angiograms are good screening tools, and surgeons are using cta to plan surgery instead of angiograms. If you have an aneurysm, there is a certain chance that it will grow over time. How fast it grows is not predictable. If you don't have an aneurysm, you should have your doctor look for other reasons for headaches. ...Read more

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Can a nasopharyngeal cyst cause migrains? How do you treat/remove them? What type of doctor would you recommend to treat him?

Can a nasopharyngeal cyst cause migrains?  How do you treat/remove them?  What type of doctor would you recommend to treat him?

Not migraines: Nasopharyngeal cysts don't cause migraines but there are case reports where they can cause significant headaches. They are best seen on mri. An ENT can usually see them with a scope and if they are superficial can drain them in the office. Deeper ones are removed similar to how an adenoid is removed. ...Read more

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What can you expect when the doctor finds a brain tumor?

What can you expect when the doctor finds a brain tumor?

Depends: It is dependent upon the type and location of the tumor. Some tumors are in a relatively good location (on the surface of the brain. Much really depends on the type of tumor - some are more benign (better) others are more malignant (bad-aggressive) ...Read more

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Please, can you describe the primary signs of a ruptured brain aneurysm?

Severe headache: The classic presentation of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm is a sudden severe onset headache. This can happen even in a patient that has a long history of headaches. But, the aneurysmal headache is distinctly different. This may be coma producing. Those that are awake may have stiff neck, sensitivity to light, lethargy, nausea and vomiting. If this happens to you or a loved one-call 911. ...Read more

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I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

I need help to treat a benign brain tumor, can you help me?

Brain tumor: Treatment is based on the tumor type, location of the tumor and what potential effect that tumor might have on the patient. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens with these symptoms of a brain tumour?

Could you tell me what happens with these symptoms of a brain tumour?

Not clear what you w: Your question is unclear. Do you have symptoms or do you want to know about what symptoms to expect from a brain tumor? Most brain tumors produce headaches which are progressively getting worse. Sometime they cause seizures or stroke like symptoms like paralysis. ...Read more

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Help please. Could an eye test show if you had a brain tumour?

Help please. Could an eye test show if you had a brain tumour?

Visual Field Defect: Brain tumors can affect the nerve pathways that make up our visual field. A humphrey or goldman visual field will show complementary visual field defects in each eye depending of where the tumor is. Not all brain tumors are malignant (deadly). ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if stomach pain a symptom of a brain tumour?

Can someone tell me if stomach pain a symptom of a brain tumour?

Stomach pain as an: isolated symptom would not be suggestive of a brain tumor. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me how often should a neurologist do an MRI on a patient with multiple sclerosis?

Doctors can you tell me how often should a neurologist do an MRI on a patient with multiple sclerosis?

Varies: If a patient is stable, can do once yearly. If patient is worsening, having relapses, and there is a question of using a new medication, could consider every 6 months or even on an as needed basis. No two ms pts are similar, so it does vary. ...Read more

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How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

How could a rectal exam assist doctors to determine if a spinal injury is present?

Spinal injury: A rectal exam to check for spinal injury is really an examination of the anal sphincter tone. If the tone is not present or decreased (having the patient bear down with the final in the rectal canal) during the examination, it could be an indicator that there is an injury. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could diagnose a shoulder injury based on symptoms and not an mri?

Can you tell me how I could diagnose a shoulder injury based on symptoms and not an mri?

Raise your arm up: like you want to answer a question like you did in school. Also you could try to flap your arms up and down like you want to fly. If either of those hurt you have a shoulder injury Obviously this is a generalization, but to know where it hurts exactly takes more specific movements and knowledge base. Also imaging is very helpful when treatments are being planned to address these injuries. ...Read more

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How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

How can doctors tell if you have a brain tumor?

CT/MRI: Doctors diagnose brain tumors through a combination of clinical history, physical examination including a careful neurological examination, and imaging, including ct and MRI scans. Mri is the most sensitive way of finding and localizing a brain tumor. The exact type of tumor is determined when a sample of it is examined by a pathologist, preferably a neuropathologist. ...Read more

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What will the doctor recommend for an unruptured brain aneurysm found on mri?

What will the doctor recommend for an  unruptured brain aneurysm found on mri?

Likely a clip: It depends on size, location, other risk factors. They will assess all options for best result and lowest risks. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a brain tumor? What are the symptoms of a brain tumor? What should I look for?

How can you tell if you have a brain tumor? What are the symptoms of a brain tumor?  What should I look for?

Brain : Brain tumors can cause new seizures, new headaches (something different or worse than ever before), new neurological problems (like weakness or numbness in one part of your body), new visual problems (double vision or very blurred vision), severe constant dizziness, or any new neurological problem. As neurologists, we are worried whenever somebody comes in with a "new" neurological symptom. The reassuring thing about brain tumors is that we can just get an image of the head (ct scan and/or mri) and answer the question immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Abhineet Chowdhary
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Brain Aneurysm (Definition)

A weakened blood vessel in the brain that balloons up ...Read more