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

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

Sure: The basal ganglia control gross movements talking is a motor function. If it is affected speech therapy can help. ...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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Is an ischemic stroke in the basal ganglia always considered a lacunar stroke?

Is an ischemic stroke in the basal ganglia always considered a lacunar stroke?

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

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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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Had basal ganglia stroke, over holiday, sent to nursing home, no pt or therapy over holiday. What to do?

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

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

My dr said I have basal ganglia and hemorrhage vs calcification what does that mean is 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 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.

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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.

Stroke: The question is not clear. I assume, that you had a stroke that affected your left basal ganglia, which causes right side weakness. You may have dizziness and seizures with an underlying stroke, but tremors are rare. ...Read more

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Had a left posterior basal ganglia stroke. Was in hospital r sided hemiparesis...Dr's did not explain poststerior ganglia?

Brain relay nuclei: The basal ganglia are a group of nerve relay centers (nuclei) in central part of the upper brain. They work with other areas of the brain in the control of limb and body movements, eye movements, thinking, and emotions. Just behind the lentiform nucleus of the basal ganglia is the posterior part of the "internal capsule." stroke in this area causes a hemiparesis on the opposite side of the body. ...Read more

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

Different tests: 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. ...Read more

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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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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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7 month after TB meningitis MRI say chronic lacunar infarct in left thalamus right basal ganglia she's only 22yr having mild stroke symptoms. Can she recover? She's on TB meds and baclofen+tizanidine

7 month after TB meningitis MRI say chronic lacunar infarct in left thalamus right basal ganglia she's only 22yr having mild stroke symptoms. Can she recover? She's on TB meds and baclofen+tizanidine

Tb meningitis.: Usual rule of thumb is best revery in 6 months altho some recvery seen up to two years. Based on your description of mri, recovery very very unlikely. You use word chronic in your description. ...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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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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Please point me to where I can get t1 brain atlas and its labelling for basal ganglia segmentation?

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

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My new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia. What does this mean?

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

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What do you suggest if my new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia?

What do you suggest if my new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia?

Assemble team: A team approach to monitoring and treatment would be best. Your general pediatrician can help coordinate with a neurologist, neurosurgeon, developmental pediatrician and physical therapist. Babies have remarkable rehabilitative potential, so keep positive thoughts! ...Read more

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Is a pineal cyst in close proximity to the basal ganglia, could it affect the functioning of the 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

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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?

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

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7mm ovoid lesion fluid density shown within posterior inferior aspect of right basal ganglia small vessel coursing through it incidental virchow robin?

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

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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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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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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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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 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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