Brain and Nervous System
- Q What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the portions of the brain that are responsible for language. Primary signs of the disorder include difficulty in expressing oneself when speaking, trouble understanding speech, and difficulty with... Full Answer
- Q How is Reye's syndrome (RS) treated?
There is no cure for Reye's syndrome (RS). Successful management, which depends on early diagnosis, is primarily aimed at protecting the brain against irreversible damage by reducing brain swelling, reversing the metabolic injury, preventing... Full Answer
- Q How is Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) treated?
There is no treatment that can cure or control Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Researchers have tested many drugs, including amantadine, steroids, interferon, acyclovir, antiviral agents, and antibiotics. Studies of a variety of other drugs are now in... Full Answer
- Q How is thoracic outlet syndrome treated?
Treatment for thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS) begins with exercise programs and physical therapy to strengthen chest muscles, restore normal posture, and relieve compression by increasing the space of the area the nerve passes through. Doctors will... Full Answer
- Q What is Reye's syndrome (RS)?
Reye's syndrome (RS) is primarily a children's disease, although it can occur at any age. It affects all organs of the body but is most harmful to the brain and the liver. The syndrome causes an acute increase of pressure in the brain and often massive... Full Answer
- Q What is foot drop?
Foot drop is when you can't lift the front part of your foot due to weakened or paralyzed muscles or nerve damage. A person with foot drop will have trouble walking normally because of this. Foot drop is not a disease, but it is a symptom of an... Full Answer
- Q How is foot drop treated?
Treatment for this disorder depends on the specific cause of foot drop. The most common treatment is to support the foot with light-weight leg braces and shoe inserts, called ankle-foot orthotics. Exercise therapy to strengthen the muscles and maintain... Full Answer