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Help docs! i'm trying to find out what causes cerebral edema?

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Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery

In brief: Brain swelling

Cerebral edema is the medical term for brain swelling.
There area variety of causes including trauma, infection, strokes, tumors, and blood vessel malformations.

In brief: Brain swelling

Cerebral edema is the medical term for brain swelling.
There area variety of causes including trauma, infection, strokes, tumors, and blood vessel malformations.
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery

In brief: Blood brain barrier

Breakdown of the blood brain barrier leads to the extravasation of water into the brain tissue.
This ultimately leads to the cerebral edema or swelling. There are different causes: brain tumors secrete a vascular permeability factor that leads to edema. Hypoxia leads to dysfunction of the protein pumps that maintain fluid balance. Traumatic brain injury leads to physical disruption of this barrier.

In brief: Blood brain barrier

Breakdown of the blood brain barrier leads to the extravasation of water into the brain tissue.
This ultimately leads to the cerebral edema or swelling. There are different causes: brain tumors secrete a vascular permeability factor that leads to edema. Hypoxia leads to dysfunction of the protein pumps that maintain fluid balance. Traumatic brain injury leads to physical disruption of this barrier.
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