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Doctor insights on: Basal Ganglia Calcification Causes

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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

Basal Ganglia (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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My dr said I have basal ganglia and hemorrhage vs calcification what does that mean be wrong? Am I going to die?

My dr said I have basal ganglia and hemorrhage vs calcification what does that mean be wrong? Am I going to die?

May have had: A stroke, Need to have this further worked up. Especially if you have had a stroke you need to treat the primary problems such as hypertension or diabetes. See a neurologist and make sure you get a better explanatino. ...Read more

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I had a brain ct and they said everything was good/ normal. I just read report and it said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What does that mean? I am 42 and went in for symptoms that mirrored stroke a heart attack symptoms, b

I had a brain ct and they said everything was good/ normal. I just read report and it said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What does that mean? I am 42 and went in for symptoms that mirrored stroke a heart attack symptoms, b

Scarring, old injury: Calcification (buildup) of the basal ganglia or anywhere in the brain is a healing process for an injury, whether the cause is vascular, genetic (Parkinson's disease), infection, or other cause, that happens over many yrs. Ur description of ur symptoms is sparse. The CT is used to check if any abnormality EXPLAINS YOUR IMMEDIATE SYMPTOMS. Any other "abnormality" is irrelevant to ur primary doctor. ...Read more

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I had a head ct said all was normal, but report said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What is that? I had low potassium.

I had a head ct said all was normal, but report said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What is that? I had low potassium.

Usually of no signif: The basal ganglia are deep brain regions. While rarely calcification here can be related to significant brain injury cases, they are frequently seen as we age and of no significance. ...Read more

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Does blood pressure medicine cause basal ganglia calcification?

Does blood pressure medicine cause basal ganglia calcification?

No: Basal ganglia calcification is more commonly seen in elderly. Blood-pressure medications are not typically associated with this finding. http://radiopaedia.org/articles/basal_ganglia_calcification. ...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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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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I have a lesion on the left side of my brain in the basal ganglia and i also have left leg paralysis. What could be the cause?

I have a lesion on the left side of my brain in the basal ganglia and i also have left leg paralysis.  What could be the cause?

Paralysis: Left basal ganglia lesion would cause right sided weakness. Left leg paralysis would be from a right sided lesion in the brain above the brain stem. A spinal cord lesion on the same side or below where the corticospinal fibers cross in the brain stem would cause left leg weakness. See you neurologist or neurosurgeon to identify the source of the left leg weakness. ...Read more

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Kernicterus causes spasticity? Why is it sis basal ganglia considered in pyramidal tract? Why not causing rigidity instead like parkinsons?

Kernicterus causes spasticity? Why is it sis basal ganglia considered in pyramidal tract? Why not causing rigidity instead like parkinsons?

Spasticity: Basal ganglia and substantia nigra are different structures. Injuring the basal ganglia, such as by stroke, may cause spasticity. Injuring the substantia nigra may cause parkinsons symptoms, such as tremor and rigidity. Rigidity and spasticity are not the same, as you recognize. These two different structures of the brain modulate movement differently, that is why the symptoms are different. ...Read more

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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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What's prognosis for lady w 2nd stroke n 4 yrs, just had basal ganglia on 4th, what's going to happen?

What's prognosis for lady w 2nd stroke n 4 yrs, just had basal ganglia on 4th, what's going to happen?

Highly: Variable but recurrent strokes is worrisome unless cause can be eliminated. ...Read more

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What should ot evaluation cover in someone with basal ganglia stroke?

What should ot evaluation cover in someone with basal ganglia stroke?

OT evaluation: Ot evaluation should cover areas involving fine motor controls such as holding and using your toothbrush, eating utensils, a pen, etc. Furthermore, if the stroke left any sensory problems such as unusual tactile sensations, intolerance of tastes, textures, sensation, sound — basically anything sensory — these should be evaluated by the ot as well. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What two regions of the basal ganglia could, if inhibited, alleviate Parkinson's disease symptoms?

R U taking a test?: Basal ganglia physiology is incredibly complex & knowledge is always changing. Practically speaking, you stimulate rather than inhibit. See the Medtronic website for pretty pictures and also see http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/Mobile/article.aspx?articleid=793103. ...Read more

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What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?

What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?

DBS: The technique of deep brain stimulation, inserting electrodes into areas of the basal ganglia and sub thalamic nucleus can substantially assist Parkinson's patients who still respond to L-DOPA ...Read more

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Can operate 14x6x6 lesion lying just inferior to the basal ganglia inferolateral to putamen, possible contiguity wth the claustrum anteroinferiorfly?

Can operate 14x6x6 lesion lying just inferior to the basal ganglia inferolateral to putamen, possible contiguity wth the claustrum anteroinferiorfly?

Is surgery needed?: That area is able to be reached surgically, but the real question is: does this lesion need surgery? Many findings on MRI do not require surgery. Sometimes, watching and waiting (with repeat mris) is the best course. Too many variables here to fully answer this question. Consultation with a neurosurgeon is warranted. ...Read more

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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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Neuroanatomy-basal ganglia and internal capsule, what are these?

Neuroanatomy-basal ganglia and internal capsule, what are these?

Basal Ganglia: Basal ganglia are group of structures linked to the Thalamus in the base of the brain, involved in coordination of movements. They consist of Caudate nucleus, Putamen & Globus pallidus.
Internal capsule is White matter in the inferomedial part of each cerebral hemisphere, which carries information past the Basal Ganglia, carrying information from Cerebral cortex to Brainstem & Spinal cord. ...Read more

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How to differentiate cerebellar dysfunctions from basal ganglia dysfuntions?

How to differentiate cerebellar dysfunctions from basal ganglia dysfuntions?

Several ways: BG has resting tremor, Cerebellar has action tremor. Muscle tone up in BG, decreased in cerebellum. Gait ataxia if cerebellar, but short hesitant steps in BG. Just a couple ways that neurologists look at findings. If you think you might have one or the other problems, might consider a visit to a neurologist. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a lacunar infarcat left basal ganglia?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a lacunar infarcat left basal ganglia?

Small Stroke.: Those findings are small strokes of specific areas of the brain that are subcortical or below the cortex. Two of the three mechanisms for those strokes are related to a chronic vascular disease associated with hypertension. Other likely risk factors include diabetes mellitus and possibly smoking. Symptoms will depend on what was affected. See your Neurologist or PCP.
Not a 'classic stroke'. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate cerebellar dysfunctions from basal ganglia dysfuntions?

How can you differentiate cerebellar dysfunctions from basal ganglia dysfuntions?

Yes: Somewhat easy for a trained neurologist, as different types of tremors, muscle tone, coordination, gait and balance, and our imaging studies, such as MRI and PET scans can separate out the location of the problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have atrophic changes with basal ganglia lacunar infracts.?

What does it mean to have atrophic changes with basal ganglia lacunar infracts.?

Brain changes: These finding suggest a chronic process which has caused damage to parts of the brain. The most common culprit is atherosclerotic disease of the arteries. Additional evaluation by a physician is recommended. ...Read more

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Could you link me to a book or two about the basal ganglia or OCD i the basal ganglia?

Here's a link: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5875596_basal-ganglia-ocd.html. I hope this is helpful, sorry for the delay. ...Read more

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What does a small lacunar infarct in the right basal ganglia mean?

What does a small lacunar infarct in the right basal ganglia mean?

Small infarcts: Lacunar infarcts occur as a result of localized decreased blood flow resulting in localized cell death. This occurs in the more central penetrating vessels of the brain affecting the brains deep structures such as the putamen (part of the basal ganglia), thalamus, caudate pons and internal capsule. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is tiny lacunar infarct of left basal ganglia?

Can you tell me what is tiny lacunar infarct of left basal ganglia?

Small Stroke.: Those findings are small strokes of specific areas of the brain that are subcortical or below the cortex. Two of the three mechanisms for those strokes are related to a chronic vascular disease associated with hypertension. Other likely risk factors include diabetes mellitus and possibly smoking. Symptoms will depend on what was affected. See your Neurologist or PCP.
Not a 'classic stroke'. ...Read more