"Can of Worms Syndrome"
hjk at otenet.gr
Tue Jun 9 07:04:35 EST 1998
Why don't you try an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan, first?
> This is not really a syndrome and I do not know the official
> terminology for it. It is an unusual, localized snarl of blood
> vessels in the brain. My mother's brother had it, and started
> having seizures in his twenties; they operated and left him
> paralyzed, but that's another story (and a cruder age for brain
> surgery). My mother's mother had it and never developed any
> problems, seizures or otherwise, but had it removed in the late
> seventies anyway, apparently because that sort of "preventative"
> operation was popular in the medical profession at the time.
> I have a friend, a research psychologist, who has told me that I
> may well have this problem too, since two of my close family
> members have (Mom's never wanted to find out if she has it, so I
> don't know). My friend also informed me that a) if I haven't had
> problems with it yet, I am unlikely to (I'm about 30), and b) if
> I ever *did* start to have problems, they would undoubtedly come
> on gradually, in the form of seizures and so forth. I just wanted
> to check on the validity of these suggestions, and find out if
> anyone can give me either more information on this problem or
> references to good literature that addresses it. I'd like to know
> how common it is, what parts of the brain, if any, it appears
> more often in, etc. I should mention that I'm not worried, I'm
> just seeking information; I think my friend is probably right,
> and anyway Mom's fine, unless it could have something to do with
> her knee-jerk-anger problem.
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