SINUS INFECTION GONE WRONG (Downstream Effects (Possible complications …
SINUS INFECTION GONE WRONG
pressure from mountain elevation likely pushed sinus infection into brain cavities
had just finished antibiotics so rick of infection is still possible and his mucous membranes could be inflamed and prevent mucosal drainage from infection
infections and other conditions can cause blockage in the Eustachian tube
vertigo caused by blockage
In severe cases this could lead to rupture of the tympanic membrane
White blood cell count
MRI or CT scan to view possible abscess in brain
dehydration from sinus infection likely contributed to fall and possibly initial incident, as patient could have passed out from dehydration
Concussion can also cause disruption between axon propagation
regained consciousness, he appeared dazed and not surprising, complained of a headache.
lost control and collided with a tree while skiing
found unconscious on the ski slope
responded appropriately to questions and had just gotten over a sinus infection
horizontal spinning accompanied by nausea. The sensation lasted approximately 30 minutes.
Anatomy of head trauma damage
cerebellum coordinates voluntary movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech
vestibular system (consisting of the 3 semicircular canals, saccule and utricle), which is responsible for maintaining balance.
eustachian tube is a canal that connects the middle ear to the nasopharynx
Anatomy of the structures and pathways for balance
Sensory nerve fibres from the hair cells in the membranous labyrinth form the vestibular branch of the vestibulocochlear nerve (VIIIth cranial nerve).
vestibular nuclei are the major integrating centre for balance and receive input from the visual centers as well as from receptors in the joints and muscles of the neck as well as from the inner ears
Information sent to the brain from the semicircular ducts signals a rate of change of the position of the head so the brain can predict the position of the head in advance of the movement.
immune system compromised
possible spread of infection
decreased availability of energy for other bodily functions