Monday, April 14, 2008

Bow Hunter's Syndrome


Bow Hunter’s syndrome is a stroke that is caused by turning the head to the side in a forcible way. Turning the head in this way puts pressure on the vertebral arteries in the neck; this pressure will cause the blood flow to be impaired. This will in turn cause a stroke. Strokes are caused by the blockage or bursting of a blood vessel. The damage to the blood vessels will cause a loss of blood to the brain, which will in turn cause the tissues to start to die. Diagnosis of Bow Hunter’s syndrome is done by using MRI imaging and MRI angiography.
Symptoms of Bow Hunter’s syndrome are typically the same as those of a regular stroke. Stroke symptoms include dizziness, vision disturbances, trouble speaking and walking, confusion and severe headache. These symptoms will usually occur on only one side of the body. The symptoms may develop or worsen over a period of minutes up to a matter of days. If any of these symptoms are present, medical treatment should be sought immediately by going to the emergency room. The faster treatment is obtained the better the chances for a full recovery. The damage starts immediately, the cells will start to die after 4 minutes without blood. The body will compensate for this loss by directing the blood to the other areas of the brain by using the other vessels that are not damaged. The damage that is caused can be temporary or permanent. Seeking treatment early may increase the chances of decreasing the permanent damage. Patients have the best chance of regaining their capabilities in the first few months. Some other symptoms can include changes in judgment, emotions and memory. Bow Hunter’s syndrome can be treated by two methods. These include using a neck brace for the cases that are not as severe and surgery for those cases that are more severe. The picture I chose is a CT image of a hemmorhagic stroke.
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2 comments:

Hannah said...

You might want to revise your info. It's pretty inaccurate. There is a risk of stroke, but it isn't a stroke every time you turn. it causes the symptoms whilst your head is turned and for a short while (can be 20 seconds) afterwards. There can be no lasting damage for many people. The head doesn't have to turn forcibly, it can be just 45degrees as a bow hunter would when hunting.

Matuas Seeker said...

Pure quackery when you feel blood drop after head twisting you will stay in this position 4min.?