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 Terminology question 
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Post Terminology question
In the brain MRI report my husband received,which his MD says points to dementia,states "There is minimal periventricular signal abnormality consistant with mild small vessel ischemic changes to the supratentorial brain". I did a search for supratentorial brain on this website with no results. Anyone have any ideas? And where is the pontine region of the brain? Thanks, even if no one can help.


Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:29 pm
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Post Re: Terminology question
For neuro-anatomical terms, I usually refer to wikipedia or a brain image. One brain image I often look at is here:
http://www.musckids.com/gs/TandPcontent ... eID=P07650

That webpage explains that supratentorial = cerebrum, or the front of the brain.

You probably know that "small vessel ischemic changes" refers to strokes.

I believe pontine = pons. It's on that brain image. The pons is part of the brain stem. The brain stem controls autonomic functions.


Tue Jul 13, 2010 1:08 pm
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Post Re: Terminology question
Great web site....upon looking at all the areas of the brain and what they control, it seems Tony has involvement in every single area of his brain, as all the functions mentioned are affected...is that possible??


Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:45 am
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I think it's unlikely. The only way to know for sure is to conduct post-mortem analysis on the brain.


Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:44 pm
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