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Dr. David Dang
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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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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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


Dr. Milind Deogaonkar
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Dr. Mark Fisher
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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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Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Alan Ali
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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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Dr. William Shaffer
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Dr. Aaron Haug
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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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Dr. Glen Elliott
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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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Dr. Rick Koch
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Dr. David Lundin
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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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