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Syncope | Neurological Emergencies

Syncope and Weakness: partial loss of consciousness. Monitor for cardiac dysrhythmias Headache: serious causes are tumors, bleeding, hypertension, meningitis, poisoning. Brain tissue has no nerves to feel pain, so all pain is from stretching or irritation of nearby structures: Vascular: involves cerebrovascular circulation, constriction or dilation of cerebral vessels. Rapid onset of severe headache could […]

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Seizures | Neurological Emergencies

Seizure: sudden abnormal brain cell activity. Seizures reoccurring over a span of years is called epilepsy. 3/4ths of people with epilepsy have their first seizures before age 20. Four types of seizures: Generalized major motor seizures: tonic-clonic, muscles rapidly contract and relax. Also called Grand mal, last 2-5 minutes Focal motor seizures or simple partial […]

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Central Nervous System | Neurological Emergencies

Central Nervous System (CNS): brain and spinal cord, involved in the serious neurological problems. Affects: Cognitive Systems: responsible for alertness, awareness, normal wakeful state Cerebral Homeostasis: balance, maintaining brain perfusion and oxygenation using cerebral auto regulation. Motor Control: affects tics to seizures, weakness to paralysis Sensation: alterations in sensory systems accompany weakness>paralysis Types of CNS […]

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