Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

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Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby vortexmama79 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:40 pm

I got the MRI report off the patient portal, and I am in the medical profession but I'm not exactly sure what I am reading. Plus, "the neuro will see you on the 4th and discuss the results then." So I don't think the neuro's office is going to budge.
I know no one can give true medical advice, but for those of you that have been down this road and understand these MRI's can you decipher what some of this means for me? I don't love all the verbage. See below:

' there are a few tiny ovoid regions of hyperintensity noted
within the bifrontal periventricular and juxtacortical white matter. Differential
considerations for this appearance include minimal incipient chronic small vessel
white matter ischemic change in the setting of a patient with hypertension or
diabetes versus the sequela of migraine headaches or a remote vasculitis.Within
the left caudate head, there is a 5 mm ovoid focus of signal alteration which
demonstrates susceptibility artifact. This is centrally hyperintense on T1 and
hyperintense on T2 and demonstrates peripheral hemosiderin deposition. There is
diffuse hazy enhancement also diffusely involving the adjacent left caudate head.
Findings are likely related to a cavernoma and associated capillary
telangectasia.'
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby NHE » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:46 pm

Do you have high blood pressure, migraines or diabetes? Sleep apnea can also cause lesions. Have you ever been checked for sleep apnea?
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby vortexmama79 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:28 am

Thats the thing, I just had all my blood work done and a physical. No high blood pressure, never have had it. No migraines and no diabetes. I've never been tested for sleep apnea, I don't have indicators for it. But i guess you never know.
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby NHE » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:25 am

vortexmama79 wrote:I got the MRI report off the patient portal, and I am in the medical profession but I'm not exactly sure what I am reading.


Look up the definition of every word you don't know and write it down. Have this document available when you review the report so you can put the words into a meaningful context. Hopefully, the report will then make more sense for you.

vortexmama79 wrote: Plus, "the neuro will see you on the 4th and discuss the results then."


Yes, your neurologist will have to put the report into context as it may or may not relate to you.
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby vortexmama79 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:46 am

I broke it down and researched pretty much the entire report. I'm a nurse, so I know just enough to freak myself out. At this point, I just have to think it can't be to awful if there is no rush to see me.
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby mobster1 » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:43 am

Did you have your appointment? What did you find out?
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby jimmylegs » Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:55 am

take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!
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Re: Got the MRI report...can anyone help decode this???

Postby vortexmama79 » Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:42 pm

Still waiting on approval for next MRI. Hopefully this week
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