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prominent suici??

Hi all, I saw the Dr at St Thomas' who had reviewed my MRI;s that ive had in the past and I knew about the occipital lobe infarct - but he also found evidence of an infarct in the parietal lobe also. He also said I didnt have lesions which is typical of APS, ''However I did have prominent suici'' - has anybody had that and do they know what it means? I at first thought that i had good ridges on the brain surface which was a good thing,however these ridges get more prominent due to old age or cognitive decline - im 34 and dont understand why I would have it- any answers? x

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Dear Emmaj:

I found this answer when I pulled it up in google and I thought the following was a clear, good, honest answer..

..."Obviously I can't comment on the meaning of this without seeing the scan. However--

It does NOT indicate that there is a mass present--hope the other answer does not alarm you. The surface of the brain is "wrinkled" with many convulutions called "gyri". The sulci are the spaces between the gyri. When the volume of the brain shrinks (atrophy) the spaces appear wider.

This occurs normally with aging. The question is, early atrophy compared to what? Compared to an 18 year old, your brain is more atrophic--it just happens with getting older. If, on the other hand, the radiologist thinks your brain is atrophic compared to an average 40 year old's, that could be more concerning.

The significance of this mostly depends on why the scan was done. If it was done because of memory problems, for instance, there could be some concern about that. If this is an incidental finding, however, it may be (and probably is) meaningless. Radiologists are always "overcalling" things on images becaue they don't get provided with enough (or sometimes any) clinical information and they don't want to fail to indicate something that could be meaningful. It's a tough job.


Trust me, I'm a doctor. Not a medical student. Really, I am. However, this information is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and is not a substitute for consultation with your health care provider."

Emphasizing the last paragraph, this should be enough for you to get an appointment with a neurologist for a precise understanding of what your "ups and downs" mean to your specific case. Until you get an answer to that specifically, don't worry about what you don't know. Your specifics are all you need be concerned about' not what "could" be. Get that neurologist appointment and put one foot in front of the other. I wish you courage, positive answers and warm wishes,



Thanks very much for that - i did see that article, i had the letter a while back, but only recently re reading it (because i got it out to take to my neurophysiotherapist) did i question it - but forgot to ask her what it meant!! The way it reads in the letter is that it isnt the norm for me - but i do remember him telling me that looking at the mri's they dont seem to have progressed - my memory isnt great to be honest and i know this could be the result of the strokes and the part of the brain that one of them hit - ill ask next time. Thanks again x


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