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Doctor insights on: Foci Of Periventricular Increased White Matter Increased T2 And Flair Signal

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White Matter (Definition)

White matter is one of the two components of the central nervous system and consists of glial cells and myelinated axons that transmit signals from one region of the cerebrum to another and between the cerebrum and lower brain centers. White matter tissue of the freshly cut brain appears pinkish white to the naked eye because myelin is composed largely of lipid ...Read more


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MRI found mild scattered foci of abnormal T2 signal are demonstrated in peri ventricular white matter, particularly along frontal convexities. ?

MRI found mild scattered foci of abnormal T2 signal are demonstrated in peri ventricular white matter, particularly along frontal convexities. ?

Non-specific finding: Really a non-specific finding, and in most cases normal, but really would need to see the images. Usually seen frequently in migraines; best to check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Mri states a few scattered foci of adnormal t2/flare hypersensitivity (periventricular white matter) largest lesion 5mm. Possible ms? More testing?

Mri states a few scattered foci  of adnormal t2/flare hypersensitivity (periventricular white matter) largest lesion 5mm.  Possible ms? More testing?

Complex: The MRI abnormalities might be nonspecific, and caused by other processes. MS is a clinical diagnosis, confirmed by films, and you need your doctor to explain why you seem to have lesions on your films. Urge you get clearcut diagnosis, and treat the problems plaguing you. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a MRI (brain) says there are ten small t2 hyperintense foci within the periventricular deep white matter?

Why was MRI done?: The spots could well be associated with prior head injury , migraine, cigarette smoking, hypertension, but could be c/w ms. Return to your doctor and spend some sufficient time to clarify significance in your case. ...Read more

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Dizzy memory bal issue fainted mri scattered foci t2 periventricular/deep white matter nonspecific compatible with chronic microvascular changes. ?

Dizzy memory bal issue  fainted mri scattered foci t2 periventricular/deep white matter nonspecific compatible with chronic microvascular changes. ?

Very common: Very common read on an MRI but at the same time, hard to make an assessment without actually seeing the pictures. Also, there are a number of medical conditions NOT related to the brain that will result in passing out, so follow up with whoever ordered the MRI to seek the next step. ...Read more

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A few scattered punctate foci of increased T2/flair signal of the supratentorial white matter which is nonspecific meaning?

A few scattered punctate foci of increased T2/flair signal of the supratentorial white matter which is nonspecific meaning?

See below: It means you may have tiny lesions in white matter where nerve fibers extend away from nerve cells. The increased signals may indicate areas of injury due to ischemia (lack of oxygen) or other causes. They are too small and few in number to be significant. If you are worried, discuss your concerns with your Dr. You can change your diet, exercise regularly, manage stress and quit smoking if you do. ...Read more

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I am 35 female MRI states Punctate increased FLAIR signal foci in the periventricular white matter bilaterally.

I am 35  female MRI states  Punctate increased FLAIR signal foci in the periventricular white matter bilaterally.

ABNORMAL MRI: The abnormal MRI may have a variety of causes, Migraine Headaches, HTN, Diabetes. Depending on your symptoms , Full lab work including evaluation for Lyme disease / VIT d deficiency/ b12 folic acid /thyroid studies/ Sjogrens Syndrome and Sarcoid evaluations. Also potentially a clotting work up. Follow up with your Internist and Neurology Consult ...Read more

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When MRI show multiple foci of increased t2 weighted flair signal intensity in the deep white matter tracts, is nortriptyline 10mg the best medicine?

When MRI show multiple foci of increased t2 weighted flair signal intensity in the deep white matter tracts, is nortriptyline 10mg the best medicine?

Unclear: The findings you describe are radiological and generally don't represent active brain pathology. Infrequently they may associated with inflammatory processes or small vessel vascular disease. I would discuss it with a neurologist. Radiological findings are not usually treated unless there is a clear disease process associated with them. ...Read more

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MRI test found 10 small punctate foci of abnormal increased T2/FLAIR signal in white matter of both cerebral hemispheres in the subcortical region?

MRI test found 10 small punctate foci of abnormal increased T2/FLAIR signal in white matter of both cerebral hemispheres in the subcortical region?

Follow up: Please follow up with the provider who ordered the MRI, or with your primary physician to review the entire result of the scan with you in conjunction with the symptoms that prompted the scan. ...Read more

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53 yo female (RN) s/p optic neuritis. MRI shows "FLAIR & T2 images show scattered punctate areas of increased signal w/I periventricular white matter"?

53 yo female (RN) s/p optic neuritis. MRI shows "FLAIR & T2 images show scattered punctate areas of increased signal w/I periventricular white matter"?

MS or not MS?: This kind of case will either be diagnosed as optic neuritis or as MS. Since the T2 / FLAIR lesions are small (i.e. punctate) it is a bit uncertain. If they were a bit larger, the diagnosis would be MS. For smaller lesions, perhaps it is not.

A spinal tap may help to sort out the answer. The answer is important, so that future relapses can be prevented.

Think about vitamin D. ...Read more

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I have MS, what does few scattered foci of increased T2 signal intensity in the white matter mean from an MRI report mean?

I have MS, what does few scattered foci of increased T2 signal intensity in the white matter mean from an MRI report mean?

Confirmation: If you have confirmed MS from other tests like a lumbar puncture and characteristic changes in your CSF, as well as clinical history that supports the diagnosis, then the foci of increased T2 intensity in the white matter may just be the areas in your brain that are being affected by the MS. Keeping track of these and their progression can help determine the progression of your disease. ...Read more

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An MRI revealed thre are few tiny nonspecific foci of increased t2 weigted signal in the perivaentricular and subcortical white matter? Concerns?

An MRI revealed thre are few tiny nonspecific foci of increased t2 weigted signal in the perivaentricular and subcortical white matter?  Concerns?

No: Those t2 signals are often incidental findings. They are more common in migraine patients and patients with higher blood pressure. 2 tiny t2 lesions alone are not sufficient to diagnose multiple sclerosis. The MRI needs to be seen in conjunction with the clinical picture. Why did you get the mri? ...Read more

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Mri results Scattered punctate foci of incresead T2/FLAIR signal intensity are observed inthe subcortical and deep white matter, what it means?

Mri results Scattered punctate foci of incresead T2/FLAIR signal intensity are observed inthe subcortical and deep white matter, what it means?

It usually is an: incidental age-related finding due to chronic microvascular changes, but not always. A few foci at your age are probably nothing to worry about. However, you need to talk to your doctor about what it means in your particular clinical situation. ...Read more

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MRI results: scattered nonspecific foci of T2/FLAIR signal hyperintensity w/out associated mass effect w/in the supratentorial white matter. Meaning?

MRI results: scattered nonspecific foci of T2/FLAIR signal hyperintensity w/out associated mass effect w/in the supratentorial white matter. Meaning?

It is hard...: ...to comment on an MRI without knowing clinical details. The radiologist should have put his/her impression in the report and that may provide additional information. However, the physician who ordered the MRI would be the best person from whom to seek an explanation. Wish you the best. ...Read more

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Mri result very few scattered punctate foci of flair 2 signal abnormality seen in periventricular and subcortical white matter. history concussion, htn?

Mri result very few scattered punctate foci of flair 2 signal abnormality  seen in periventricular and subcortical white matter. history concussion, htn?

More likely HTN: Mri scans that demonstrate the scattered periventricular signal changes are likely showing changes from hypertension. This is a typical location for this. Severe concussions may show some signal abnormalities along the white matter tracks (diffuse axonal injury) rather than in the periventricular zones. ...Read more

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What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan?

What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the 
subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter  of an MRI brain scan?

Blood vessels: Most likely would be blood vessels. But that also depends on why you had the test in the first place. Usually in young people we don't see too many of these white or bright spots. As we get older they show up. Ask your doctor to explain the results on general ...Read more

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What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan? scan was done for numbness on left side

What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan? scan was done for numbness on left side

It depends: Usually these types of findings are nonspecific, and most likely age related. They are generally asymptotic and there is no treatment. Occasionally they are a sign of other disorders, so speak to your physician to decide whether there is any follow up needed. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has been having headaches, one day causing vomiting. she just had an MRI done that shows very small choroidal cyst and "few small foci of scattered white matter T2/FLAIR hyperintense signal abnormality." It says they are nonspecific and may

My 5 year old has been having headaches, one day causing vomiting. she just had an MRI done that shows very small choroidal cyst and "few small foci of scattered white matter T2/FLAIR hyperintense signal abnormality." It says they are nonspecific and may

Choroidal cysts: Are usually incidental findings and don't cause symptoms. However, a 5 year old shouldn't be having headaches and vomiting. You should see a pediatric neurologist ASAP about the scattered white matter signal abnormalities, and whether they might be contributing to the 5 year old's symptoms. ...Read more

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Minimal right periventricular white matter signal abnormality seen on flair and t2. Tiny punctate focus in the subcortical white matter frontal lobe. Symptoms of joint pain in hands and right leg weak?

Minimal right periventricular white matter signal abnormality seen on flair and t2. Tiny punctate focus in the subcortical white matter frontal lobe. Symptoms of joint pain in hands and right leg weak?

Possible Autoimmune: The symptoms and MRI suggest an autoimmune inflammatory condition. Ms is a contender but joint pains are not a usual feature of ms but suggest a rheumatological condition. While rheumatologic conditions may mimic ms, sometimes these disorders may coexist. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what this means scattered punctate foci of t2 hyperintense signal involving the cerebral white matter as above,non specific?

Can you please tell me what this means  scattered punctate foci of t2 hyperintense  signal involving the cerebral white matter as above,non specific?

MRI finding: The conduction fibers carry signals from the neurons in the cortex layer thru the brain axons . The imaging of these fibers using T2 signals picks up the changes to the myelin structure described above.
The distribution as punctate often is the end result of a microvascular insufficiecy or from injuries or migraine.. The clinical importance should be discussed with the neurologist. ...Read more

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MRI Brain was done it showed scattered white matter foci of increased T2 prolongation. I DO NOT have migraines, h bp or diabetes.

MRI Brain was done it showed scattered white matter foci of increased T2 prolongation. I DO NOT have migraines, h bp or diabetes.

Nonspecific: Certainly, these findings are not diagnostic for any entity, and may represent old head injury, prior cigarette smoking, or even changes in arteries as you become older. Unlikely to suggest MS at age 50, but could be explanation in younger age groups. Ask your doctor to correlate with reason the MRI was done. ...Read more

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What means MRI demonstrates several tiny foci of increase t2 signal in the white matter? @ ER with symptoms of TIA also have lupus sle/ra, rs, SS.

What means MRI demonstrates several tiny foci of increase t2 signal in the white matter? @ ER with symptoms of TIA also have lupus sle/ra, rs, SS.

Hyperintensities: Hi, It could be as part of normal aging process in asymptomatic patients or a sign of stroke, inflammation, infection or demyelinating disease, please talk to your ordering physician for further discussion..
Good luck. ...Read more

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What does scattered foci off adnormal t/2 flair hyperintensity within the periventricular white matter? Mri was ordered for MS symptoms

What does scattered foci off adnormal t/2 flair hyperintensity within the periventricular white matter? Mri was ordered for MS symptoms

Maybe diagnostic: Your doctor needs to counsel you about this result, as one explanation could well be MS, but other causes may be considered. Have a neurologist fully confirm or disconfirm the diagnosis ASAP. ...Read more

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What does mulitple(atlest 10)tiny t2/flair hyperintense foci in cerebral white matter, predominantly subcortical and deep white matter implies?

What does mulitple(atlest 10)tiny t2/flair hyperintense foci in cerebral white matter, predominantly subcortical and deep white matter implies?

See your doctor: Hyperintense white matter signals may mean nothing clinically or could be related to a host of diagnoses, including multiple sclerosis, autoimmune, etc. It has to be correlated to an exam and other testing to make any sense of it, a lot of times it is an incidental finding and means very little clinically. Your doctor will help you understand what this report means to you clinically. ...Read more

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Mri 3 tiny deep, subcortical t2/flair white matter foci left external capsule, right corona radiate, subcortical white matter of right post central gyrus?

Mri 3 tiny deep, subcortical t2/flair white matter foci left external capsule, right corona radiate, subcortical white matter of right post central gyrus?

Don't know: Really don't know what question you are asking, what you are describing are either microvascular changes or non-specific abnormalities that can be seen in multiple disorders. ...Read more