Brain Damage - Causes

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What causes brain damage?

When the brain is starved of oxygen for a prolonged period of time, brain damage may occur. Brain damage can occur as a result of a wide range of injuries, illnesses, or conditions. Because of high-risk behaviors, males between the ages of 15 and 24 are most vulnerable. Young children and the elderly also have a higher risk.

Causes of traumatic brain injury include:

  • car accidents
  • blows to the head
  • sports injuries
  • falls or accidents
  • physical violence

Causes of acquired brain injury include:

  • poisoning or exposure to toxic substances
  • infection
  • strangulation, choking, or drowning
  • stroke
  • heart attacks
  • tumors
  • aneurysms
  • neurological illnesses
  • abuse of illegal drugs
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I am diabetic since 10 years and I use pills for sugar. Recently I couldn't digest food and hence my sugar levels rose. I went to a gastroenterologist for checkup and the doctor told me that my heartbeat is irregular and asked me if there is a vibration in the nerves of my legs. I said yes; later I started developing vibrations in my brain and also my jaw is paining a little.

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Baby was large. I tried natural delivery even though head was high. Then there was fetal distress, baby got stuck, had fever, and then it was C section. But she did not cry when delivered at10 lb., was critical, dusky, had ventilator hood, low resting heart rate, and hypotonia. Placenta revealed acute chorioamnionitis and funisitis. There was thrombosis of fetal vessels. Later in life she had auditory and sensory processing disorder, ADHD, OCD, ODD, acute behavior, absent seizures, high functioning autism, learning disability, etc. Brain MRI was abnormal. Diagnosis of central nervous system is, neurologically low, and delayed for age. Doctors did not tell us what to expect, I thought all was normal, we had no early intervention.

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