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Basal Ganglia (Overview)

This is the term for several areas of the brain that work together as a functional unit: the striatum (caudate and putamen), the globus pallidus, the substantia nigra, and the subthalamic nucleus. The most well known function of the basal ganglia is voluntary motor control, but it is also involved in development of routine behaviors; eye movements; and cognitive and emotional functions.


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What is the function of the basal ganglia?

What is the function of the basal ganglia?

Basal Ganglia: Motivation, Eye movements, Neurotransmitters.

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Basal Ganglia (Overview)

This is the term for several areas of the brain that work together as a functional unit: the striatum (caudate and putamen), the globus pallidus, the substantia nigra, and the subthalamic nucleus. The most well known function of the basal ganglia is voluntary motor control, but it is also involved in development of routine behaviors; eye movements; and cognitive and emotional functions.


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What is the definition or description of: basal ganglia?

What is the definition or description of: basal ganglia?

Basal ganglia: This is the term for several areas of the brain that work together as a functional unit: the striatum (caudate and putamen), the globus pallidus, the substantia nigra, and the subthalamic nucleus. The most well known function of the basal ganglia is voluntary motor control, but it is also involved in development of routine behaviors; eye movements; and cognitive and emotional functions. ...Read more

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Is a small (3mm) hyperintensity in the basal ganglia significant or not. Also what are the causes?

Is a small (3mm) hyperintensity in the basal ganglia significant or not. Also what are the causes?

MRI brain: It is likely not significant however the results of your MRI study should be discussed with a neurologist to put into context what the 3 mm spot means relative to the entire MRI study and your medical problems. The causes of the bright spots on MRI studies (T2) of the brain are many and range from aging, migraines, mini-strokes, bleeding, atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, and metastatic tumors. ...Read more

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Has anyone studied basal ganglia volume in asperger's syndrome?

Has anyone studied basal ganglia volume in asperger's syndrome?

Yes: There are several studies suggesting increased volume of some parts of the basal ganglia are associated with increased likelihood of engaging in repetitive movements. Nothing that really offers insight into autism itself, however. ...Read more

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What are the resulting symptoms of a lacune of the right basal ganglia?

It depends: on the size and exact location. Sometimes there may be no discernible residual symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for cysts in the basal ganglia to cause any outward symptoms? If so, what would these include?

Is it possible for cysts in the basal ganglia to cause any outward symptoms?  If so, what would these include?

Usually asymptomatic: See a neurologist to establish if your symptoms ( undescribed by you) are related to "CYST IN BASAL GANGLION" ...Read more

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A 14x6x6mm non-enhancing signal abnormality inferior to the basal ganglia, no high rcbv, te 135ms cho/naa ratio - 1.3: heterotopia? Low grade?

A 14x6x6mm non-enhancing signal abnormality inferior to the basal ganglia, no high rcbv, te 135ms cho/naa ratio - 1.3:  heterotopia? Low grade?

Serial Imaging : Your MRI could be consistent with low grade neoplasm or a benign finding. The best option in these cases where it is unclear is to follow the area closely with repeat MRI at say 3 month intervals. If this is benign it will stay the same. If it grows it is likely a neoplasm. ...Read more

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What is basal ganglia calcification?

What is basal ganglia calcification?

BG Calcification : The basal ganglia are a part of the brain. It is common for calcifications to develop in these regions as we get older without clinical significance. In children this would be more worrisome. ...Read more