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Dr. David N. Dang answered:

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

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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.
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Dr. Kevin Carson answered:

What is basal ganglia calcification?

BG Calcification

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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.
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Dr. Aaron Haug answered:

What is the definition or description of: Basal ganglia?

Basal ganglia

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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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Dr. Elden Rand answered:

Why would basal ganglia stroke show up in MRI but not CT?

Different tests

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Although MRI and CT are both used to image the brain, they use different techniques to generate images, and are good at different things. CT is good for acute bleeding in the brain, can be done quickly on arrival, and is able to be done in most centers at any time. MRI is better at looking at small specific areas in the brain especially for basal ganglia stroke.
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Has anyone studied basal ganglia volume in asperger's syndrome?

Yes

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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.
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Does blood pressure medicine cause basal ganglia calcification?

No

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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
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Dr. Carl W. Decker answered:

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

Small infarcts

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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.
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Dr. Holly Maes answered:

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

OT evaluation

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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.
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Dr. Rick Koch answered:

What are odds cognition will improve days after basal ganglia stroke?

Variable

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And depends on size of stroke & many other factors...good luck, time will tell
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Dr. Lali H. Sekhon answered:

Does basal ganglia stroke ever affect speech? Is speech therapy warranted?

Sure

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The basal ganglia control gross movements Talking is a motor function. If it is affected speech therapy can help.
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