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can mini strokes that cause death to parts of the brain be seen on an mri?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience Radiology
Yes: Mri is the best way to image the findings of stroke.
Answered on Nov 26, 2013
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Yes, not unique: Small lacunar infarcts may appear as white matter lesions, and may be difficult to pin down. Not unique to see these on an MRI film. However, axonal shearing associated with head injury may just as well appear in a similar guise.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
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Dr. Kevin Vaught
27 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes : A MRI will show areas of the brain that have been damaged from a stroke or traumatic injury.
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See below : If there is death of a part of the brain this is a stroke and it is best seen on MRI. "Mini stokes" or TIAs by definition resolve and do not cause permanent brain damage. A very small stroke can occur and result in no long lasting problems but it is still a stroke.
Answered on Jun 7, 2014
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
12 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Provided original answer
Agreed mini strokes is a confusing term I personally think it should not be used at all
Jun 7, 2014
Dr. Mark Fisher
Dr. Mark Fisher commented
33 years experience Neurology
It's very unfortunate that the AHA/ASA chose to publicize TIAs as "ministrokes" because they aren't. Stroke = cerebral infarction = tissue death (permanent). TIA = cerebral tschemia = by definition reversible injury unless it progresses from ischemia to infarction. The tipping point between injury and death has been the focus of stroke research for decades.
Jun 7, 2014
Dr. Olav Jaren
18 years experience Neurology
Overall, no: Most medical pros do not use the term "mini stroke". Mini stroke is technically a TIA, which does not show up on MRI. Sometimes people say "mini stroke" when they really mean small stroke, lacune, or periventricular white matter lesions, which are often related to high blood pressure. These do show up on MRI. Strokes do cause death to parts of the brain, and they vary in size and location
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
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Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
MRI can show microvascular changes from the mini-strokes.
Nov 26, 2014

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