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What is a "basal ganglia calcification" in the brain?


A had a fall a few years ago, had a CAT scan to check for head injuries. i didnt have any head injuries but they said they found "basal ganglia calcifications", and said i should get it checked out, i never did though. what is this?
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My new born baby has just been diagnosed with an insult to the brain-basal ganglia?


She stopped breathing after birth and has has a MRI diagnosing an insult to the basal ganglia,Does anyone know much about this condition and what should i expect..Anyone know of anyone with this condition ...Any help greatly appreciated..
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A quick search on google provided me a bit of information, but I can offer no first hand information. Your question caught my interest because I have a daughter with ganglioneuroblastoma (a pediatric cancer). The word "ganglia" caught my eye. From what I saw in medical journals, "insult" means damage. This could be from lack of oxygen prior to or during birth, or other causes. Damage to this area of the brain can cause a wide variety of problems, from minor speech problems to Parkinson's.

I will say a prayer for your daughter. Remember, babies can heal miraculously well because their systems are still developing!

Best of luck to you and your daughter.  (+ info)

Has anybody ever heard of Anti Basal ganglia Antibodies?


What does mean? Can it be cured? How is it treated?
Is it treatable? Can it be cured?
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Anti-basal ganglia antibodies (ABGA) are a type of anti-neuronal autoantibody to the basal ganglia (in the brain) associated with the development of movement disorders (dystonia, motor and vocal tics, chorea, Tourette's syndrome, Parkinson’s disease) in adults and psychiatric disturbances in children, including Sydenham’s chorea and PANDAS syndrome which refers to Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus infections.  (+ info)

treatment of an infarct in the left basal ganglia in a H I V positive patient and whether fatal?


the patient is on ARV and anti TB drugs but very weak and a lady aged 32 years
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There is not much that can be done for a basal ganglia infarct. The doctors will have to monitor her neurologic function and see if she recovers. Her prognosis depends on the size of the infarct and her overall condition (which doesn't sound ideal given the HIV).

Info on damage to the basal ganglia:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001069.htm
http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/9339/10813.html  (+ info)

Has anyone studied basal ganglia volume in children with Asperger's Syndrome?


I wonder about ADHD/Asperger possible similarities.
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Google scholar is your friend. It shows most research papers and the other papers they are cited in. You may need an athens account to log in to some.
If you are university you should really be searching journal articles through your university's literature search, it will give you more appropriate papers.

http://scholar.google.co.uk/scholar?q=%22basal+ganglia+volume%22+aspergers&hl=en&lr=&btnG=Search  (+ info)

since dopamine is transferred to your body when smoking weed, does it do good to parkinson's disease sufferers?


"The primary symptoms are the results of decreased stimulation of the motor cortex by the basal ganglia, normally caused by the insufficient formation and action of dopamine, which is produced in the dopaminergic neurons of the brain." -Wikipedia

my grandfather has parkinson's disease, but is really chill. would him smoking weed help his disease at all? because parkinsons is a disease that is caused by "insufficient formation and action" would smoking pot help him?
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The answer is maybe.

Dopamine does not transfer to the body because of smoking marijuana, however. The short version is that higher doses of grass can indeed cause more dopamine to be released in the brain. The problem is that higher doses at sustained levels can also be not only self-limiting but also can produce or aggravate symptoms of PD.

http://www.scienceclarified.com/Io-Ma/Marijuana.html

That said, low doses can produce a feeling of well being, assist breathing and relieve some of much of the pain of Parkinson's patients as caused by the muscle rigidity which is a prime symptom of PD.

There has been a longer history of using marijuana to treat Parkinson's disease. It is not a cure and it doesn't impact many symptoms but since one of the often unspoken symptoms is pain, I don't think it should be overlooked.

A number of states now include Parkinson's disease on the medical marijuana list.
http://parkinsonsfocustoday.blogspot.com/search?q=marijuana

One thing you will read in the articles at the above site is that far from leading your grandfather astray, it may reduce his reliance on certain far stronger medications...depending.

If your grandfather is not too uptight, get him a one-hitter and show him how to use it.

Oh yes, one last thing, while marijuana smoking in serious intensity can cause the same lung issues as smoking tobacco, this is not a concern here. There are plenty of "old" tobacco smokers. One reason that you don't see that many with PD is that tobacco smokers do indeed appear to have a lower incidence of Parkinson's.

Addendum:
Your grandfather might also benefit from hemp oil. It can be used as a salad dressing. Hemp seed butter can be used just the way it sounds or actually mixed with butter. While there is vitrually nothing little left to give you a high, there is plenty of nutritional value here in providing the right kinds of essential fatty acids. Should be used daily.
http://www.manitobaharvest.com/nutrition/index.asp?itemID=73  (+ info)

what is faint bilateral basal ganglia calcifications?


i have just been diagnosed with this and ive been looking around but cant seem to find anything that i can understand saying what this means. if any of you know i would appreciate it if you told me right away so I know. thanks

~catie may~
i am also 16. and im kinda freaking out cause i dont know what entirely this is lol
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"Acute right Basal Ganglia/Corona Radiata infarction" What does that mean?


means a stroke in layman terms with the precise location in the corona radiata in basal ganglia which effects will be manifestated on left side of the body and usually left hemiparesis and difficulty in other communication skills  (+ info)

Left arm pain and numbness, radiating to the right arm, caused by a Right side basal ganglia ischemic episode?


Woke up with severe "gone to sleep" pain and numbness in the left shoulder arm and hand, with weakness. It gradually spread to left neck and jaw, then radiated to the right neck, jaw , arm, and hand. Signs of right basal ganglia damage seen on MRI. My Dr thinks it was a small stroke, but this is only the upper extremities, neck and jaw. This was not a unilateral involvement. Could it have been a stroke? The weakness lasted only a hour or two, the pain comes and goes in shooting pain to the left shoulder to elbow and is still present after 8 days. almost all feeling has returned to left arm except for the index finger and half of the left thumb.
I had an MRI of the brain, but not of the cervical spine that showed damage to the right basal ganglia, but undetermined as to whether it was recent or not. I WAS carrying some heavy baggage on my shoulder to and from airports.
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You need to have an MRI; it's possible that it could be a pinched nerve in the neck. Also, you may want to see a chiropractor. I've suffered from numbness on my entire left side off and on for almost three years and since I started to see the chiropractor, I have sporadic episodes and only from hip to knee!  (+ info)

what are three nursing diagnosis for cerebrovascular disease?


Depends on the results of the cv. Some could be
1) Impaired mobility
2) Impaired verbal communication
3) Impaired memory or Acute confusion
4) Self-care deficit
5) Impaired skin integrity
6) Ineffective individual coping
Just to name a few...  (+ info)

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