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Basal Ganglia Is An Important Structure In Maintaining Nicotine Dependence
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?
Does Parkinson's disease originate in the basal ganglia or in the substancia negra? Please, need some answers?
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
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
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
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
It depends: on the size and exact location. Sometimes there may be no discernible residual symptoms. ...Read more
Please tell me, could you link me to a book or two about the basal ganglia or OCD i the basal ganglia?
Two books: A Life Lived Ridiculously Overcoming Perfectionism (updated Edition) ...Read more
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