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I had a ct scan of my brain..the results read i had small lucunar infarct left basal ganglia small vessel ischemic disease... what do i have? it started with a headache on my right temple for the last 6 months, doctor sent me to physical theapy, but did

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Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Small strokes: A small lacunar infarct refers to a stroke from occlusion of a small blood vessel. Small vessel ischemic disease refers to a chronic process whereby the small blood vessels become smaller and smaller over time and cause tiny strokes in certain brain tissues. Typical risk factors are chronic hypertension, smoking and diabetes mellitus. These small strokes can be significant when they accumulate.

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