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Old 12-29-2004, 12:32 PM   #1
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Results of MRI w/contrast

I'm new and had a question about the results of my MRI. The report says I have "greater than 20, irregular confluent areas of abnormal increased signal in the periventricular and subcortical white matter on the long TR images. Most lesions are in the periphery near the gray/white junction. Some amorphous increased signal in the pons on the T2 weighted sequences." The prognosis was "numerous white matter lesions raise prospect of MS. Clinical correlation is recommended." Does anyone know what areas of the brain the above is referring to?? I have no idea what any of it means. Help!!

 
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Old 12-29-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: Results of MRI w/contrast

I am really not sure what that means either. The person who would know best is your neurologist. It sounds to me like you need to see an MS specialist.

I usually get the reports before I see the neurologist because the radiologist who reads them for me is a friend of my mom's. But sometimes that is not a good thing to do! I just wind up getting myself all worked up and confused before I see my neurologist!

 
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Old 12-30-2004, 01:51 AM   #3
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Re: Results of MRI w/contrast

This is basically telling you that the abnormalities are towards the edge/border, outside region of your brain, the subcortical white matter is the northern portion of brain mostly, the periventricular area is all around, MS Lesions and plaques typically do not occur in the subcortical white matter nor in that area, MS is a white matter disease, along with many other diseases, do you experience any symptoms of MS(blurry/double vision, numbness, pins and needles, optic neuritis, fatigue, muscle weakness etc..) what was the reason for getting the MRI? clinical symptoms? eye lesions?

 
Old 12-30-2004, 07:51 AM   #4
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Re: Results of MRI w/contrast

My GP recommended the MRI because of extreme fatigue, muscle weakness, dropping objects, tingling and numbness in my extremities (mostly fingers and hands) and memory loss. I also experience vertigo and I'm easily nauseated by the slightest movement. My feet cramp badly to the point that I can't walk. I have not yet received a diagnosis of MS, just a probability that I could have it. I received this information a couple of weeks ago and have been worrying about it ever since, and my neuro is closed for the holidays. Thanks for the info, it actually gives me hope that since most lesions are in the front, maybe I'm okay.

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Old 12-30-2004, 08:03 AM   #5
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Re: Results of MRI w/contrast

Ooops. I meant to say "since MY lesions are mostly in the front, maybe I'm okay. Also, I had a positive ANA test. Sorry, ... my bad.

 
Old 12-31-2004, 01:38 PM   #6
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The positive ANA test might indicate some other auto-immune problem. I hope you are also seeing a good rheumatologist.

 
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