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Is an ischemic stroke in the basal ganglia always considered a lacunar stroke?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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In brief: Not necessarily

If the stroke to the basal ganglia occurred by blockage of a SINGLE penetrating artery then, it's lacunar. If the stroke to the basal ganglia occurred because of a larger vessel being blocked PRIOR to when the penetrators take off resulting in REGIONAL infarction then, NOT lacunar type by definition.
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In brief: Not necessarily

If the stroke to the basal ganglia occurred by blockage of a SINGLE penetrating artery then, it's lacunar. If the stroke to the basal ganglia occurred because of a larger vessel being blocked PRIOR to when the penetrators take off resulting in REGIONAL infarction then, NOT lacunar type by definition.
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