Friday, February 19, 2016

Crushed Brain For Freaky Friday...!

The human body is an amazing piece of equipment that can overcome many difficulties. Things like having a crushed brain!

The man in this next story did pretty good considering that the majority of his brain wasn't there. Wow!

The Middle-Aged Man Who Went His Whole Life With A Crushed Brain
By Heather Ramsey on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

After experiencing some weakness in his left leg, a 44-year-old government worker in France underwent a CT scan and MRI that showed he had almost no brain. It had been crushed against his skull, most likely from a childhood surgery to treat hydrocephalus (water on the brain). Although the man’s IQ was slightly lower than normal, he married, had two kids, and led a normal life. Doctors were able to treat his leg weakness successfully with a brain shunt.

In a case that is nothing short of amazing, doctors found that a 44-year-old man in France complaining of some weakness in his left leg was actually missing most of his brain. Although the man’s IQ was slightly lower than normal, he was married, had two kids, and had led a normal life up to this point.

He wasn’t mentally or physically challenged in any way other than the leg weakness he had recently developed.

When doctors checked his history, they learned that the unidentified man had suffered from hydrocephalus, or water on the brain, when he was six months old. Advanced scanning didn’t exist at that time, so his physicians inserted a shunt to drain the extra fluid.

Doctors removed the shunt when he was 14 because he was complaining of weakness in his left leg and general unsteadiness. With the shunt gone, his problems disappeared.

Given the man’s history and the recurrence of leg weakness at 44 years of age, his doctors ordered a computed tomography (CT) scan and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of his head. They discovered that his brain had been crushed into a thin sheet against his skull, most likely from the surgery he had as a child to treat hydrocephalus.

The scans showed that his skull was mostly occupied by two massive cerebral cavities, also called ventricles, that were filled with fluid. Usually, ventricles are small, holding just enough cerebrospinal fluid to cushion the brain.

“It is hard for me [to say] exactly the percentage of reduction of the brain, since we did not use software to measure its volume. But visually, it is more than a 50 percent to 75 percent reduction,” neurologist Lionel Feuillet told New Scientist. “The whole brain was reduced—frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes—on both left and right sides. These regions control motion, sensibility, language, vision, audition, and emotional and cognitive functions.”

Despite this, the man was extremely lucky. His condition is known as Dandy Walker complex. Although rare and more likely to occur in females, patients suffering from Dandy Walker often experience problems with their facial nerves as well as overall jerky muscle movements. They may also have enlarged skulls.

The man’s IQ was 75, below the average of 100, but not low enough to be considered a mental disability. His verbal IQ was 84 and his performance IQ was 70.

However, he was a well-functioning civil servant. So his brain had obviously adapted to his condition, even though doctors say it normally wouldn’t have been compatible with life. Doctors were able to treat his most recent episode of leg weakness successfully by reinstalling a brain shunt

More power to the guy! I don't do half that good with all my brain! People are simply amazing!

Coffee out on the patio again today, OK?


linda m said...

That really is an amazing story. One that medical science needs to study. You could call it a miracle. Have a great weekend.

Chickenmom said...

Amazing story. Wonder if he suffered from headaches.

JO said...

That is amazing that he lived all his life out with the leg being his only problem and they fixed that so easily.

Cloudy here but warm I'll take a refill please

HermitJim said...

Hey Linda...
It's really great how the body works around many physical problems, even ones like this.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Phyllis...
The story didn't mention any. Makes sense that he would have some, though.
Thanks for coming by today!

Hey Jo...
Lead a productive life, it would seem. Good for him!
Thanks for dropping by today, sweetie.

Rob said...

I wonder what he did for a living? Specifically...

Dizzy-Dick said...

Oh Wow!! Now that is amazing that he could function with practically no brain at all. Of course a lot of us with full size brains seem to function on very little of it (grin). Of course, you and I are exceptions.