Ronald F. Young, MD, works at a private practice in Seattle, Washington. He specializes in the treatment of movement and neurological disorders. A visiting Professor at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Young has won medals and other awards for his efforts overseas and with veterans.
Education and Training
Univ of Co Sch of Med, Denver Co 2000
University Of Colorado School Of Medicine 2000
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Family MedicineAmerican Board of Family MedicineABFM
Dr. Ronald F. Young M.D's Expert Contributions
Your headache and numbness may be due to a whole variety of neurological issues. There is no use in speculating on what may be causing them. You need to have a complete history and neurological examination performed by a neurologist. If the symptoms are severe, I suggest that you go to the nearest hospital emergency room for evaluation. READ MORE
The simple answer to your question is NO, all brain tumors do not have to be removed. Many can be treated with a non-invasive method called Radiosurgery with a device called the Gamma Knife. You can look up Californiagammaknife.com for further information. Without knowing the kind of tumor and where it is located I cannot give you further advice as to whether surgery or radiosurgery or chemotherapy, etc. are indicated. READ MORE
Yes, brain surgery can cause speech defects. There are two definite speech areas in the brain usually located on the left side of the brain, except in some left-handed people, where the speech centers are on the right side. If the defect is present right, after surgery, it often will subside but it may take 12-18 months to do so. Speech therapy may be helpful to overcome the defect. READ MORE
NO, there is no surgery to treat ADHD. Some forms of deep brain stimulation (DBS) are being tested to treat depression but not ADHD. Perhaps in the future? READ MORE
There are a number of different surgical procedures to treat seizures depending on the origin of the attacks. A workup at a Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is required to determine the type of seizures and the location within the brain in order to determine if surgery is indicated and if so, what surgical procedure would be best for that particular type of seizures. Not all seizure types can be treated surgically and surgery is usually used only in patients who have "failed" medical treatment. READ MORE
Unfortunately, three weeks after brain surgery is not "a long period of time." We usually allow 12-18 months for full recovery depending on how severe the weakness is. In some cases the weakness may be permanent. Physical and occupational therapy may be helpful in the recovery process but patience is necessary to allow the brain time to recover. READ MORE
The term "stroke" is a very broad general term. There are many kinds of stroke for some of which surgery may be a useful treatment. The most common kind of stroke is blockage of an artery which carries blood to the brain. Recent, non-invasive treatments of such strokes using a small catheter inserted into the femoral artery at the groin and threaded up to the blocked artery may allow a clot dissolving medication to be injected to open up the blood vessel or in some cases the clot blocking the vessel can actually be removed. These treatments must be done within a few hours of the stroke to be effective. Other types of stroke such as bleeding directly into or on the surface may or may not respond to an open type of surgery. A neurologist and neurosurgeon experienced in all types of stroke treatment will be the best source of information about whether or not surgery is indicated in a particular stroke situation. READ MORE
While those symptoms could be due to a brain tumor there are many other things that should be evaluated first. I recommend that you see your family or primary care doctor first for a more detailed history, a physical examination and appropriate laboratory tests. Depending on the results of those evaluations, referral to a specialist such as a neurologist may be indicated if those tests do not reveal the cause of your symptoms. Such common things like high or low blood pressure, diabetes, viral infections and many other problems could explain your symptoms but a brain tumor while possible is not likely. If the evaluations I suggested do not explain you symptoms an MRI of the brain may be indicated. READ MORE
Vertigo usually results in nausea, trouble with balance and sometimes headaches too. There are many causes of vertigo. Considering your age, although it is not clear how long you have had the vertigo, it is probably temporary but it can last along time. Acute labyrinthitis, an inflammation of the middle ear balance mechanism is a common, self limited cause of vertigo. Benign positional vertigo is mostly experienced with head movements or in certain head positions. Menier's Disease is a more serious and difficult to treat cause of vertigo which can be very debilitating. Some medications such as meclyzine may be helpful to treat the symptoms. I suggest that you have consultation with a neurologist, especially if you can find one who has experience in diagnosis and treatment of vertigo. READ MORE
To answer your general question, yes, a back injury can certainly cause neurological defects but without knowing the specifics of the extent of your injury, what part of your "back" was affected it is impossible to give a more specific answer. I suggest that you have an evaluation by a neurologist or neurosurgeon to better define the type and extent of your neurological defects and what their likely cause might be. READ MORE
Yes, it is possible she will regain her vision. Much depends on the time since the accident because recovery may occur as late as 18 months after the accident but rarely after that. An MRI scan might be helpful in finding the cause of the visual loss and helping to predict whether or not it will return. READ MORE
Yes, children can get vertigo. True vertigo results from a problem in the middle ear, vestibular balance mechanism and is often thought to result from a "virus" but in fact, there is little real evidence to support that conclusion. Of course tumors of the balance or vestibular portion of the 8th cranial nerve can cause dementia but in children such tumors are very rare. An MRI should rule out any tumors. In the absence of a structural cause of vertigo, treatment is usually symptomatic, trying to reduce the associated nausea and balance problems. Benign positional vertigo is common in adults and is usually self limited. I would recommend a pediatric neurologist to diagnose and treat such a problem. READ MORE
Whether or not surgery is "necessary" for a herniated disk depends on many factors. First off, what are the symptoms and what are the physical finding on examination. Is there only back pain ( or neck pain, depending on the location of the herniated disk} or is there also radiating leg pain (sciatica) or arm pain which might indicate nerve pressure. Abnormal findings on examination such as numbness or loss of feeling in the distribution of one or more nerve roots, weakness of a leg or arm or in the case of very large disk herniatiions, evidence of pressure on the spinal cord would tend toward a recommendation for surgery. The size or prominence of a herniated disk on an MRI scan is usually not the best indicator of whether or not surgery is indicated or whether the problem can be managed by conservative means such as physical therapy, modification of physical activity, use of anti- inflammatory medications, etc. A good medical history, physical examination and consultation with a surgeon experienced in spine surgery should be accomplished, in order to make such a decision. Be a little bit suspicious of physicians advertising themselves as "spine surgeons!" READ MORE
Recovery after craniotomy depends on the reason for the surgery. You are dealing with the after effects of your head injury and not after effects of the surgery, itself. Symptoms such as difficulty with concentration, poor memory, trouble performing sequential tasks, reasoning and emotional lability are common after head injuries. These symptoms can persist of several week or even several months and in rare cases, if the injury is very severe, may be permanent. I suggest that you discuss your concerns about these symptoms with your surgeon or neurologist. READ MORE
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- Hearing Loss
- High Cholesterol
- Actinic Keratosis
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Seborrheic Keratosis
- Vascular Disease
- Northridge Hosp Med Ctr, Family Medicine
- VA Long Beach
- University of Minnesota
- SUNY Upstate Medical University
Professional Society Memberships
- American Academy of Neurological Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Western Neurological Society
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- 80 Peer Reviewed Works
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- Enduring Drive to Advance the Field
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- Literature, French Language, Opera, Photography
Favorite professional publications
- Journal of Neurosurgery
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