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Alice Luther
11-29-2010, 05:45 AM
So, one of my main characters suffered debilitating effects from a stroke several years ago. Is it medically possible for another stroke to alter, even in part, the effects of the first?
Probably a dumb question . . .

Drachen Jager
11-29-2010, 06:19 AM
If by alter you mean make them worse, then yeah.

Alice Luther
11-29-2010, 06:20 AM
actually I was hoping for the opposite, a sort of miraculous reversal of prior condition? Possible? Not so much? Go jump off a bridge?

Fenika
11-29-2010, 06:32 AM
http://www.strokeassociation.org/STROKEORG/AboutStroke/About-Stroke_UCM_308529_SubHomePage.jsp

You can't fix something by cutting off the blood supply. Particularly something as fussy as neurons that say give us sugar or give us death.

leahzero
11-29-2010, 06:49 AM
Brain damage from stroke isn't a toggle. You can't flip it back.

Alice Luther
11-29-2010, 07:06 AM
Thanks everyone. That answered my question. :)

Mac H.
11-29-2010, 11:38 AM
My instinct would be no - but given a few billion people on the planet at some point it would have happened via an incredibly implausible event.

A quick google found this:



"The authors speculated that the second stroke restored the balance of cerebral activity and caused the orienting attention to return to normal"

Ref: Here (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=DownloadURL&_method=confirm&_uoikey=B6T0D-508X3PX-1&count=1&_docType=FLA&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_userid=10&md5=4e06cb92a01b3b53fdd433004b20f9b3)