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What is chronic lacunar infarcts in right thalamus and left basal ganglia? what are recovery chances after this happened due to tb meningitis? she's only 22 and contracted tb meningitis 8 months ago?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Cerebral infarcts: These are caused by the vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels) accompanying tuberculous meningitis. It affects vessels penetrating the brain from the subarachnoid space and causes infarctions in the areas supplied by these vessels. Recovery from infarcts is highly variable. Tb meningitis is curable, depending upon the sensitivity of the strain and the therapy used. Best wishes.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Small strokes: Complications of meningitis: inflammation affecting blood vessels leading to decreased blood flow and local brain cell damage. A lacunar infarct is a small stoke involving an end or terminal artery, and may be clinically minimally apparent, but several such lesions could affect memory, language, and organizational skills. Rehab including speech therapy and ot may help. Recovery is possible.

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