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Brainstem Lesion

Midbrain, pons, and medulla oblongata together form the brain stem. It is the pathway for various ascending and descending tracts of the spinal cord and brain. In addition, it is the housing of nuclei, cranial nerve projections, reticular formation, and centers crucial for the body's vital functions. Symptoms vary based on the site of the lesion. Multiple sclerosis, vascular injury, cavernous angiomas, gliomas, reduced blood supply are some of the lesions that occur in the brainstem. Any lesion in the midbrain can cause defective head, eye, trunk, and limb movement to visual impulses. Some syndromes associated with brainstem lesions are Weber, Claude, Parinaud, Millard-Gubler, and Wallenberg. Intractable hiccup, dysphagia, dysarthria, hemiplegia, weakness on one side of the body, change in gait, dizziness, etc., are some of the symptoms.

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Query: Hi Doctor, Around eight months back, I had a numb feeling in my nose. I ignored it because I had three abscessed teeth on my left side, and I thought the numbness was due to that. It gradually went away, and I forgot about it. Last month, my daughter fell sick, and I was going through some extreme s...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your question with care and understand your problems. All your symptoms can occur in brainstem lesions. Routine MRI sequences may not identify many lesions in the early stages. You have to do the following tests: 1. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) - Diffusio...  Read Full »

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