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Basal Ganglia Calcification Treatment
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
My dr said I have basal ganglia and hemorrhage vs calcification what does that mean is wrong? Am I going to die?
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
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
Had basal ganglia stroke, over holiday, sent to nursing home, no pt or therapy over holiday. What to do?
See comments: Holiday weekends include rehab staff, but a few days delay will not destroy your recovery chances. Suggest you communicate with your therapists and doctors regarding any concerns, or needs. Not sure if you are taking an anti-platelet med such as aggrenox, or on a statin drug, to prevent future strokes. Both pt and ot should be part of your team. Maybe a team meeting will reassure you. ...Read more
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
I have ocd. Would taking levodopa be an effective treatment for my OCD as I understand it controls the 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
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
Matter of size: A lacunar stroke is due to a block in a smaller end artery, as contrasted to a carotid or middle cerebral artery obstruction, which would cause damage to a larger area of brain. Many strokes in the basal ganglia are small and often not noticed clinically, but the larger ones are very evident. ...Read more
Please point me to where I can get t1 brain atlas and its labelling for basal ganglia segmentation?
Available online: Here are some T1-weighted MRI brain atlases that may help with your basal ganglia segmentation question: http://www. Med. Harvard. Edu/aanlib/cases/caseM/case. Html, http://thebrainobservatory. Ucsd. Edu/cortex-1, and http://www. Dartmouth. Edu/~rswenson/Atlas/AxialT1MRI/index. Html ...Read more
My new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia. What does this mean?
Unclear yet: Speak with your medical team on their next rounds and ask the charge nurse to help coordinate a " care conference' with your family and your baby's providers. Its unclear at this time how this will affect the baby's future development. They will probably call in further specialists to discuss the specific typical outcomes with this particular injury. Hang in there! ...Read more
What do you suggest if my new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia?
Is a pineal cyst in close proximity to the basal ganglia, could it affect the functioning of the basal ganglia?
No: No it is not close to the basal ganglia and would not affect the functioning of the basal ganglia unless it's a very large mass. ...Read more
Small low-density lesion in left basal ganglia could be due to prior ischemia that the doctor never mentioned should I have this further investigated?
Yes- you should: Sometimes findings like this are made incidentally. It is surprising, but people may have these without any symptoms. While they are not normal, they can be benign if the follow up shows this was a small stroke and that all stroke risk factors (like smoking, blood pressure) are well accounted for and minimized. ...Read more
7mm ovoid lesion fluid density shown within posterior inferior aspect of right basal ganglia small vessel coursing through it incidental virchow robin?
Difficult to tell:
Without actually looking at the scan. Virchow Robin spaces are found normally and accompany blood vessels as they penetrate the brain. They contain cerebrospinal fluid and if they expand they can look quite pathological however it would be difficult to tell for sure without looking at the scan and knowing more. Would be happy to provide a virtual consult if needed.
Best of luck! ...Read more
It depends: On the size and exact location. Sometimes there may be no discernible residual symptoms. ...Read more
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
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
Sleep: There may be an underlying component of anxiousness that is affecting sleep onset and preventing you from relaxing into deeper sleep. If it's a jolting sensation, these may be hypnic jerks. A sleep study and visit to a sleep specialist can help. ...Read more
Who are the top most experienced neurosurgeons in switzerland operating low grade glioma inferior to the basal ganglia inferolateral to the putamen
Not sure: As physicians in the states, it is difficult to know who are the topmost neurosurgeons in other countries. Generally, one's own country's physician should know. Suggest beginning by asking your family physician in switzerland who he/she would recommend. Here in the states, ucsf, john hopkins, mayo, are among some of the reputable centers for neurosurgery. ...Read more
I have a suspetibility within the left basal ganglia. I'm trying to figure out if my dizziness and tremor could be the result of my stroke.
My Recent MRI showed a 10mm ovoid cyst in the left basal ganglia - should I be concerned? I also have a 4mm acoustic neuroma on the right side.
Careful followup: You have two areas uncovered. The acoustic neuroma is the bigger issue, and needs to be carefully monitored and watched. If it gets bigger, it will require excision. Unclear why you have the cyst, but could represent a remote issue of no current consequence, but this too should be followed. Best to see an experienced neurosurgeon and set up plan of action. ...Read more
I have a 4.5 mm area in my left basal ganglia reason slice 12 slightly low signal to brain on flair, high intense signal on t2 and low on t1 represent?
Stroke: Based on the information you have provided it sounds like you might had a stroke. Please consult your doctor for clarification. ...Read more
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
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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