A 50-year-old female asked:
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i was told i had a mini stroke, that affected 2 centimeters of my frontal brain. what does this mean?

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Dr. John Garner
15 years experience Cardiology
Usually a TIA: It means that a portion of your brain lost blood flow for a period of time (formally, <24hrs) causing a temporary but not lasting problem. It carries risks that a future blockage could occur that does not resolve spontaneously. Talk to your doctor about "secondary prevention" of stroke, and get a workup for possible causes like atrial fibrillation, carotid stenoses etc.
Answered on Jan 25, 2015
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Dr. Jefferson Chen
33 years experience Neurosurgery
Radiographic finding: Sometimes when your physician refers to a "mini"stroke they are referring to an abnormality seen on ct scan or mri. This may reflect an area of stroke that has already happened. You may not have been aware of it because it was in too small a geographic area or in an area that is neurologically silent (ie. Frontal lobe). It should be followed and long term stroke prevention measures implemented.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013

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