Encyclopedia Symptoms / / May 21, 2016
decerebrate posture is an abnormal body position, in which the arms and legs straight and toes on their "look" down, and head and neck at the same time - ago.The muscles are tightened and become stiff.This type of posture usually means that there are serious and severe brain damage (this is the usual cause of decerebrate posture).
opisthotonus (severe spasms of the neck muscles and back) can occur in severe cases of decerebrate posture (posture).
decerebrate posture can be on one side, both sides or just the hands.
reasons decerebrate posture
- bleeding in the brain from any cause (intracranial hemorrhage);
- tumors of the brain stem;
- cerebral infarction (stroke);
- encephalopathy (brain problems because of drugs, poisoning or infection);
- traumatic brain injury;
- hepatic encephalopathy (brain problems due to liver failure);
- increased pressure in the brain from any cause;
- primary brain tumors;
- secondary brain tumors.
Treatment and Diagnosis
reasons related to brain treatme
Abnormal posture of any kind usually occur at a reduced level of activity.Everyone who has an abnormal posture should be examined by a doctor immediately.A person with these symptoms may require emergency treatment.It includes: breathing assistance with breathing tube.A sick person is likely to be admitted to the hospital, in intensive care.
Once doctors stabilize the patient, it will be done a full medical examination, including assessment of the brain and nervous system.
family members will be asked questions about the person's medical history, including:
- when this symptom has begun;
- whether there is a pattern in the attacks;
- whether it is always one and the same type of posture;
- whether there is a history of head injury or other reasons;
- What other symptoms came before the abnormal postures, or simultaneously with it.
Diagnostic measures may include:
- blood and urine tests for drugs and toxic substances, as well as chemicals and minerals;
- cerebral angiography (dyes and radiography of blood vessels in the brain);
- CT or MRI of the head;
- EEG (electroencephalography - waves that test brain);
- monitoring of intracranial pressure (ICP).
The prognosis depends on the cause.There may be irreversible damage and injury of the brain and nervous system, which may lead to:
- inability to communicate;
- paralysis, etc.