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What is basal ganglia calcification?

What is basal ganglia calcification?

BG Calcification : 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. ...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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My mother, 84, MRI scan> subacute infarcts, bilateral frontal lobes, small vessel ischematic changes inthe basal ganglia, periventricular white matter?

My mother, 84, MRI scan> subacute infarcts, bilateral frontal lobes, small vessel ischematic changes inthe basal ganglia, periventricular white matter?

Small vessel disease: Mri in a 84 years old lady showing infarcts and small vessel disease means she is having ministrokes. That is very common in that age group. If she has heart disease or carotid artery disease or risk factors like high BP or diabetes or high lipids they should be controlled and she should follow up with her dr who can give her further recommendations. ...Read more

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S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?

S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?

Ask for more info: Signs and symptoms can vary greatly with any 'end-stage' cancer. Things like if it has spread to other organs, impacting functional status and alertness (sleeping more, in bed most of the time), causing pain/seizures, and so on. His doctors can maybe determine what is most likely. If not involved already ask for hospice or palliative care help as they could also help answer what the s/s might be. ...Read more

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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

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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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Does blood pressure medicine cause basal ganglia calcification?

Does blood pressure medicine cause basal ganglia calcification?

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

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What is lacunar infarct in brain artery?

What is lacunar infarct in brain artery?

Infarct of the brain: Lacunar infarct is a small stroke - death of a small number of brain cells that is caused by closing of a small artery that is supplying them with oxygen. ...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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Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Stroke in occipital lobe following cervical spine surgery?

Vertebral Artery: This can be a consequence of injury to the vertebral artery. This can be from direct manipulation, positioning or spontaneous. Further diagnostic workup can include angiography. ...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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Pet/ct scan of brain shown bilateral temporal(more severe on left side)parietal, thalami & basal ganglia hypo metabolism.What does it mean, pl advice.

Pet/ct scan of brain  shown bilateral temporal(more severe on left side)parietal, thalami & basal ganglia hypo metabolism.What does it mean, pl advice.

MaybeNothing: Pet/ct can show a region of hypometabolism, yes. But you describe many areas, including bilateral areas. That is much harder to accurately define on these kinds of tests, and results should be viewed with caution. Also, remember that the metabolism images should fit with what is wrong with the patient. ...Read more

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What is inferior basal ischemia?

What is inferior basal ischemia?

Ischemia means : Decreased blood flow. I'm not sure if u are referring to the inferior basal part of the heart or the basal ganglia in the brain. Wherever it is, it suggests impaired blood flow and circulation related to high blood pressure, aging, diabetes, high cholesterol and smoking.Follow up with your dr. Take care! ...Read more

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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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What is lacunar infarct on thalamus?

What is lacunar infarct on thalamus?

Small cell death: A lacunar infarct is a small area of brain cells that have died. This may be asymptomatic or not depending on where it is and the size of it. ...Read more

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Result for my brain MRI -asymmetric decreased attenuation in the left basal ganglia, variant dilated perivascular spaces or punctate chronic lacune. ?

Result for my brain MRI -asymmetric decreased attenuation in the left basal ganglia, variant dilated perivascular spaces or punctate chronic lacune.  ?

MRI report: This is language used in radiology to describe what they see. Ordinarily, they cannot distinguish a small stroke (lacune) from a perivascular space. A "puntate lacune" though is very small. It is probably just the side view of a blood vessel (aka perivascular). Do you smoke? Do you have high blood pressure? Do you have diabetes mellitus? Atrial fibrillation? These are stroke risk factors. ...Read more

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Is ischemic microvascular brain disease related to stroke?

Is ischemic microvascular brain disease related to stroke?

See comments: Are you referring to radiology reading of an MRI of brain? In elderly, often thought that white matter lesions are associated with "microvascular angiopathy", sign of potential atherosclerosis. Maybe potential stroke risk, especially lacunar infarct, but not straightforwards. Your physician needs to assess stroke risk. Spots more likely from migraine or prior injury. ...Read more

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I had an MRI of the brain which showed a small old left basal ganglia lacunar infarction?

I had an MRI of the brain which showed a small old left basal ganglia lacunar infarction?

A risk factor: Regardless of the age of the prior stroke, you need to fully assess all relevant risk factors and start a protective anti-platelet med such as aggrenox, and perhaps lipitor (atorvastatin). Issue is not the prior lacunar infarct, but what may occur in future instead. ...Read more

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Basal cell carcinoma multifocal superficial?

Excision: This type of basal cell needs excision with a 3-5 mm margin. Consult with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Frontal-temporal stroke. Does that involve broca's?

Frontal-temporal stroke. Does that involve broca's?

It could: A fronto-temporal stroke can involve the broca's region if it is on the dominant side of the brain. Most people's broca's (speech production center) is on the left. So a left fronto-temporal stroke can involve the broca's in the majority of people. ...Read more

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Cerebral Vascular Accident (Definition)

Stroke is cause by a vascular event that results in death of brain tissue. It can result from a blood vessel rupture causing hemorrhage, an embolus that blocks a brain artery or plaque rupture that ...Read more