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Brain MRI shows hyperintensity within white matter of frontal lobe. What does this mean?

Got results back of brain mri . Says there is a 3mm nodular focus of T2 and FLAIR hyperintensity within the subcortical white matter of the right frontal lobe also There is a modular focus of high T1 signal which lies along the anterior aspect of the clivus to the right of midline, cofluent with the posterior aspect of the right sphenoid sinus What does this mean?
Asked On : Sun, 5 Aug 2012
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

The first finding- hyperintensity in the subcortical white matter- could represent an ischemia (decreased blood flow to brain). Also, it is a common finding in migraine patients.

The second finding represents a sinus infection.

Both are minor findings and are not of any concern. However, I would advise you to discuss these findings with your doctor.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Answered: Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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