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Pons Stroke Patient Inquiry

Good eve. My father had his second stroke. From my understanding it was the that was struck. He can communicate by writing, he tries to speak.  He is still very aware and conscious.  Is there hope or rehabilitation for pons stroke patient and what advise can you give the family.  He is being considered for home care facility. Thank you
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I’m sorry to hear about your father’s stroke.
Firstly, it is important to mention that stroke recovery can be somewhat generalized due to research in the area, however it is always best to seek the advice of a neurologist and your healthcare team who can assess your situation and provide a more individualized idea of your dad’s likely recovery.
The pons is located in the brainstem and has pathways between the cerebrum and cerebellum, transmits nerve signals out of the brain to the face and ears and helps to control automatic functions such as breathing and consciousness.  Common clinical signs observed following a pons stroke can include:
• balance problems (ataxia)
• Vertigo and dizziness
• Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) and articulating words (dysphasia)
• Sensory problems (issues with numbness)
• Weakness that affects ability to stand and walk symmetrically
• Arm weakness
Recovery following a stroke depends on a number of factors {The Australian National Stroke Foundation}
• Location
• Type of stroke (bleed or block)
• How much brain tissue damage has occurred
• General health prior to the stroke (how active your father was)
In Australia, rehabilitation can include physical therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychology and occupational therapy to maximize life after stroke.  It usually starts as early as possible while in hospital and can continue in an inpatient rehabilitation unit or in the community (home-based or centre-based).  The decision on what kind of rehabilitation can depend on a number of factors:
• How much recovery can be made to make a difference in daily life
• If your dad can tolerate the intensity of the rehab
• What goals can be reach and whether he is able to participate actively in therapy.

There are a number of resources available online such as the Stroke Foundation: https://strokefoundation.com.au
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