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My fiance had a blood clot right by the pons part of his brain and they say that controls the mobility and they also said it has been there to long and the pons has not got no oxygen so that part of his brain is dead i want to know is that true and if so is there any hope that it can come back alive he is 22 y/o.

he fell on the left side of his face was given a 800mg ibuprofen he went to sleep then he seizured all throughout the night he then had several other seizures and possibly a stroke and got weak on left side.


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Expert:  Dr. Steve Merris replied 4 Days.

Thank you for asking the query.

Pons is a very important part of the brain which control many vital functions like respiration, circulation, awareness, sleep, bladder control, eye movements etc.

So damage to the Pons can affect a lot of bodily functions. But the extend of the damage is what determines how many functions will be lost and to what extent. He might had the blood clot which deprived the oxygen to his brain even before the fall. Probably that clot might have caused the fall in the first place. And it’s possible that there was some prolonged period of anoxia (lack of oxygen) following that episode.

Unfortunately even few minutes of lack of blood supply or oxygen to brain can be bad. The brain tissues (in this case the Pons) can suffer varying degrees of damage. The prognosis of your fiancé can only be accurately measures only after doing some physical tests, after an MRI study and observing the patient for 48 hours or more.

I hope your Doctor has done this, and they are the best person to comment on his recovery. But there is always a possibility that recovery might be very difficult in certain cases.

If you have any specific followup questions please feel free to ask via this email itself.
Hope this helps


Dr. Steve Merris
Category: Internal Medicine Specialist
Experience: 
Medical School - New York University
Internship in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Residency in Internal Medicine - Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine - Columbia University Medical Center
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