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Bilateral Temporal Artery Biopsy
None: Calcification of any artery, by itself, does not warrant any type of intervention or follow up. If that calcification is associated with a stenosis ("narrowing") of the artery, then that may require follow up and/or an operation. The carotid arteries are very often calcified and if associated with a high grade stenosis, may portend a higher risk of stroke. Discuss with a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
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
Ct head scan results are frontal lobe sulci bilateral prominent. Prominate subarachnold space. Midline lipoma. Anterior interhemispheric fissure promi?
Atrophy: The midline lipoma probably doesnt warrant any treatment. These are usually incidental findings, but they can be associated with some congenital brain disorders. You basically seem to have less brain in your skull relative to fluid spaces relative to others. Have your doctor review the scan with you. ...Read more
Brain MRI July2015 8mm calcified meningioma anterior front region, August 2016 a 5mm aneurism right MCA bifurfication. Are these 2 findings related?
No: Both are fairly common. I hope neither becomes troublesome ...Read more
Normal Carotid Doppler Studies.1- Right ICA encircling the Internal carotic artery. 2- Complex mass in the right thyroid lobe. History Neck cancer.
Cerebrovascular Duplex Scan reveals bilateral homogeneous plaque present in carotid bulbs. No evidence stenosis/plaque in ICA. Lower stroke risk?
Chronic radial artery occlusion. Pain in hand arterial doppler shows interosseos artery enlarged. Ulnar artery responsbile for profusion. Advice?
Arteriosclerotic internal carotid & vertebro basilar arteries predominantly the left vertebrobasilar segment appearing tortuous with slight prominence?
Nodule in l thyroid vth faint focal calcification, multiple enlargd lymph nodes in l cervical regn(surgical level3).Papillary carcinoma vth metastasis?
Thyroid cancer: Did you have a biopsy? An fna (fine needle aspirate) could be performed where a thin needle is used to collect cells from the thyroid nodule. This sample is sent to a pathologist for examination. The presence of multiple nodes is concerning and deserves further workup. Hope this helps. Papillary carcinoma is common and treatable. ...Read more
The 2 vertebral arteries arise from the left and right subclavian arteries and supply the brainstem and cerebellum. Dissection is rare (2.5/100, 000), affect women to men 3:1 and can cause stroke in people
MRI vertebrobasilar hypoplasia right side theres robust flow void anastomosing the basilar artery w cavernous portion of internal carotid artery/mean?
Normal variant: The arteries at the base of the brain can course in several different patterns but ultimately get the job done, that is, supply brain tissue. Your pattern is like your fingerprint. Some more unusual patterns have an increased association with aneurysms, but this would have likely been described if present and vertebro basilar hypoplasia, as in the picture, is pretty common. ...Read more
Radiologist report says bilateral gliosis posterior frontal lobe. Where is the posterior frontal lobe located and can it cause my nocturnal seizures. ?
The frontal lobes: Occupy about the front half of the top part of the brain, called the cerebrum. The posterior area would be towards the back - just in front and above the ear - see attached image - the back part of the pink area. Gliosis is like scar tissue in the brain, and could cause seizures. Please discuss this with your neurologist and correlate with eeg and other test results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pearshaped posterior right cardiopherenic angle draping around suprahepatic ivc likely representing pleuropericardial cyst
On CT scan report what?
Neck masses: These are three distinct causes of a neck mass. You'll get some more imaging studies that will distinguish them. Branchial cleft cysts are very common and usually a non-problem. Carotid body tumors are very rare but need to be ruled out. Carotid aneurysms are strongly pulsatile. Stay involved with your diagnosis and best wishes. ...Read more
Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?
Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Coronary Angiography report concluded;"atherosclerotic coronary artery disease showing moderate proximal LAD mixed stenotic lesion 50%"what it means?
Test Result: I find it is best to discuss any test result with the physician who did the test or ordered the test. They can interpret it knowing all the clinical history involved and tell you exactly what is going on. ...Read more
Brain CT scan shows three calcified nodular lesions with no perilesional edema in left frontal and left occipital. Largest measuring approx 5x3mm?
See comments: Not sure of your precise question, but will comment on your results. The lesions could raise a question of an old parasitic infection possibly cysticercosis, and would be well to check a stool sample for ova and parasites. Plain x-rays of your thigh muscles might show similar calcifications and confirm this diagnosis. You might benefit from an opinion from a neurologist, or infectious disease. ...Read more
I've had a temporal artery biopsy 2 months ago. Is a temporal artery thermometer going to be accurate now or is it wiser to use oral temperature?
Why can't a temporal artery biopsy be done under partial or general anesthesia instead of just local?
Why not?: Local anesthesia is usually used for a temporal artery biopsy. This biopsy is an outpatient/ambulatory minor procedure it's done under local anesthesia. You can request IV sedation (insurance will not pay for it) but general anesthesia is an over-treatment for the minor procedure. It is very important test to rule out temporal arteritis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are there alternatives to a temporal artery biopsy to diagnose GCA? Because of trauma history I would not be able to to a TAB (local anesthesia)
Temporal artery color duplex to detect giant cell arteritis- how to find rheumatologist or facility that offers this biopsy alternative in ny or nj?
Ask: Ask your general physician for referral. Or ask the physician who has been treating you for a referral. If a self-diagnosis, please find a GP to start, and follow referral recommendations. ...Read more
I can feel heartbeat when i touch head where temporal artery is. This normal?I ask cause never seen heartbeat checked by touching the side of the head
Normal!: When no pulse, you're in trouble. Then you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
Why does my superficial temporal artery and the arteries around my neck pulsate when I lie down on the side of my head? This happens every time..
Son feeling warm to touch( 99-99.4F on temporal artery equivalent to rectal ). he is active and normal otherwise.( going for 6 wks now ) ? worried !
Prolonged fevers: Prolonged true fevers without other symptoms are concerning enough to warrant evaluation for 'Fever of Unknown Origin'. This is an extensive evaluation so make sure these temperature readings are real buy using an oral thermometer only (transcutaneous and tympanic membrane thermometers are not reliable). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is temporal artritis a problem that comes & goes or is it a problem that's always there until u do something bout it? My ear pain & temporal artery hu
TEMPORAL ARTERITIS: The common symptoms of giant cell arteritis are headache, tenderness over one or both sides of the forehead, and feeling unwell. Other symptoms that may occur include pain in your jaw muscles when you chew which eases when you rest the jaw muscles, and visual loss. See a doctor immediately if you suspect that you have giant cell arteritis.http://patient.info/health/giant-cell-arteritis-leaflet ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Why do my superficial temporal artery and the arteries around my neck pulsate fast when lie down on the side of my head? is it a problem with my spine
The superficial: temporal artery travels near the zygomatic arch, the prominent part of the facial bones in your upper cheek. Because of being near a firm structure, it is easier to see/feel. I doubt that lying down is actually making your heart beat faster, but the rapid rate is more observable. Stress/anxiety could be causing rapid beating, but it dserves a good eval with your doctor. Doubt it is your spine. ...Read more
Can temporal arteritis subside or is it severe and gets worse? Would the temporal artery not be pulsating?
Why would your temporal artery in the head, pulse, tremor thoughout the day if it isn't temporal arteritis?
My temporal artery is still feeling thick & tough pounding harder then usual.. Around my eyes have pain n eyes feel heavy. Sedate test was normal?
I'm so worried bout ta my temporal artery is thick/ tough & pain around my ear this problem comes & goes sedrate was normal i'm 21 should I worry?
May biopsy: Ta i would not think is common at your age but nonetheless, your symptoms may or may not suggest this. With normal sed rate, i would have surgeon perform biopsy because you may have another diagnosis unrelated. On pathology, giant cells are seen. Treatment is with steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Takayasu arteritis what r the test to no if I have this i'm getting thick tough temporal artery with pain around my ear?
Wrong vasculitis: Tenderness around the temporal artery is quite suggestive of temporal arteritis, a type of vasculitis that most surgeons call giant cell arteritis. If you truly are concerned i'd suggest seeing your pcp right away as untreated temporal arteritis can lead to blindness. Takayasu's ateritis affects the medium sized vessels of the body such as carotid and subclavian arteries. Temp artery is too small. ...Read more
What i'm feeling is temporal artery getting thick /tough & causing pain around my ear i'm 21 & have had a crp/ sedrate both normal what else could it?
What conditions besides Giant Cell Arteritis might cause a swollen temporal artery? Is GCA likely in 45 year old? (Flu-like sx but neg ESR, CRP).
How much of a chance is it that the body can naturally dissolve a blood clot behind the eye in the temporal artery?
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
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