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What brain damage feels like?

It causes headaches, confusion, memory problems, and nausea. In a moderate brain injury, symptoms can last longer and be more pronounced. In both cases, most patients make a good recovery, although even in mild brain injury 15% of people will have persistent problems after one year.

What behaviors would be affected if the brain stem was damaged?

A brain stem injury can cause dizziness or lack of motor function, with more severe cases resulting in paralysis, coma, or death. Treatment can be extremely expensive, and many victims are unable to work while coping with a brain stem injury.

Can you live if your brain stem is damaged?

When the brain stem stops working, the brain cannot send messages to the body to control our unconscious functions, and equally cannot receive messages back from the body. If this is the case, then the person has no chance of recovery, the damage is irreversible and according to UK law, the person has died.

How does the brainstem gets damaged?

Fortunately, brain stem damage is rare. Most brain stem injuries are a result of swelling from other brain injuries. Swelling can push the brain stem against the skull and cause damage. You can also damage the brain stem if you suffer a diffuse axonal injury that tears the brain cells in the pons or medulla.

Can you survive brain stem damage?

When an accident causes brain stem damage, the affects can be devastating. In fact, destruction of the midbrain, pons, or medulla oblongata causes “brain death”, and the unfortunate victim of the injury cannot survive.

Why are brain stem injuries so serious?

Injury to the brain stem can lead to permanent damage, since the brain stem regulates almost all the daily activities of our body. Basic body functions like breathing and heartbeat can get disrupted, due to a brain stem injury. Thus, brain stem injury is a very severe health problem.

What are the chances of surviving a traumatic brain injury?

4 The survival rate after a TBI, severe enough to cause deep coma and low Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores, is generally poor, even in young adults. Studies show a very high overall mortality, ranging between 76% and 89%.

What is the treatment for a brain stem stroke?

Treatment for an ischemic stroke involves restoring blood flow by eliminating the clot. Methods include the following: Clot-busting drugs, such as tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA), which will help dissolve the clot and restore blood flow to the affected area. Anti-platelet drugs, such as warfarin.

What is the survival rate of stroke victims?

A total of 2990 patients (72%) survived their first stroke by >27 days, and 2448 (59%) were still alive 1 year after the stroke; thus, 41% died after 1 year. The risk for death between 4 weeks and 12 months after the first stroke was 18.1% (95% CI, 16.7% to 19.5%).