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What causes calcification in basal ganglia of brain?

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Posted on Tue, 19 May 2015
Question: sir,
my wife has undergone a ct scan of brain where report has shown that C.T.image morphology is in favour of right basal ganglia clacification is this dangerous to life or it can be cured with medicine
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Answered by Dr. Ajay Panwar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Likely physiological.Needs clinical correlation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX XXXXXXX
Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com.
I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query.

If your wife would have presented to me as an outpatient,I would have told that it has to be interpreted in correlation with the clinical symptoms and signs.

Although, calcification in some of the brain structures(basal ganglia,pineal gland,chroid plexus,dura mater) is normal in adults.This calcification increases with age,and is asymptomatic.This type of calcification is called physiological or non-pathological(not associated with disease).

However,if patient has neurological signs and symptoms,then basal ganglia calcification has to be evaluated for pathological causes,which can be metabolic and degenerative.

In more than 95% of the CT scans we see in clinics,it is a physiological calcification,that we see.Probably,same is the case with your wife.

However,please follow-up and tell if she has any symptoms.Why did she underwent CT scan?It will help make a better interpretation.

Waiting for your follow-up.

Regards
Dr.Ajay Panwar,
MD,DM(Neurology)
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What causes calcification in basal ganglia of brain?

Brief Answer: Likely physiological.Needs clinical correlation. Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX XXXXXXX Thanks for being on healthcaremagic.com. I am Dr.Ajay Panwar,a neurologist,here to answer your query. If your wife would have presented to me as an outpatient,I would have told that it has to be interpreted in correlation with the clinical symptoms and signs. Although, calcification in some of the brain structures(basal ganglia,pineal gland,chroid plexus,dura mater) is normal in adults.This calcification increases with age,and is asymptomatic.This type of calcification is called physiological or non-pathological(not associated with disease). However,if patient has neurological signs and symptoms,then basal ganglia calcification has to be evaluated for pathological causes,which can be metabolic and degenerative. In more than 95% of the CT scans we see in clinics,it is a physiological calcification,that we see.Probably,same is the case with your wife. However,please follow-up and tell if she has any symptoms.Why did she underwent CT scan?It will help make a better interpretation. Waiting for your follow-up. Regards Dr.Ajay Panwar, MD,DM(Neurology)