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MRI says mild inferior cerebellar tonsillar ectopia. What could this be?

hi... i had an mri done on 11-15 and dont know what the letter of the findings mean... can u explain this to me... 1. no acute intracranial findings. 2. non specific punctate 3 mm right frontal lobe white matter t2 hyperintensity ... htis finding is of uncertain clinical significance, with similar findings seen in normal asymptomatic patient s routinely... e... mild inferior cerebellar tonsillar ectopia
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Nov 2013
Thank you for posting your query.

First of all, I would like to reassure you that your MRI brain findings do not suggest any serious brain problems.

The first finding in the frontal lobe is common in patients with migraine, and can also occur with ischemia (lack of blood flow in brain).

The second finding of cerebellar tonsillar ectopia refers to downward displacement of cerebellum. This is mostly a congenital finding and it may not be significant.

The importance of MRI findings depends on whether you have any symptoms or not. So, I would request you to get back with your symptom details.

I hope it helps. Please get back if you require any additional information.

Wishing you good health,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India
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Answered: Wed, 13 Nov 2013
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