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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   MRI of brain without contrast in 56 year old female shows moderate ischemia in periventricular and left basal white matter and left basal ganlia.. what does it mean?
Doctor :   hello
User :   hello
Doctor :   when was this test done?
User :   November 22, 2010
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   well ischemia refers to low blood supply and periventricular and left basal white matter and left basal ganlia are the areas in the brain where there is less blood supply
Doctor :   its main cause is due to blockage of a artery to the bain
Doctor :   but not a complete blockage
User :   the doctors think she might have altzheimers
User :   and dementia
Doctor :   and it can cause symptoms based on the degree
Doctor :   dementia being one of them
User :   Can it be helped by surgery
Doctor :   we have to first determine the cause of blockage and where exactly it is. sometime if its at a delicate portion then a surgery is considered too risky
User :   thank you
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with ?
User :   not today...
Doctor :   ok you take care
Doctor :   good byr
Doctor :   bye**
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