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

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

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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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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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.

Dr. Gutti Rao Dr. Rao
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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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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