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Question: Calcification in Basal Ganglia-Balance problems

 eemge - Fri Oct 17, 2008 8:23 pm

I have a question I'm hoping someone can answer for me. I was evaluated by a neurologist due to daily headaches, balance problems & memory loss.

A CT scan was done and the findings were:
Focal linear high density in the periventricular white matter, right hemisphere. This would suggest a small bleed perhaps hypertensive. Incidental note of basal ganglia calcification.

I've tried to find information on the basal ganglia calcification but am not having much luck.

I'm wondering if this could cause my balance problems and if it is something I should be concerned about.

Thanks in advance
 John Kenyon, CNA - Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:10 pm

User avatar Hello -

Basal ganglia calcification can affect balance, movement, coordination and other motor functions, so yes, this could be causing your balance problems. Of course there are also other potential causes that should be ruled out, but since this one is a known quantity, it seems the likely culprit.

Management of this problem can be tricky, but starting with a simple medication (meclizine) may possibly give you some relief. If not, there are others, but they have the potential to make things worse instead of better. Your doctor will know best how to help you manage the balance problem. Sometimes adaptation is the best route, although it can be frustrating at times.

I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck with this.
 eemge - Wed Oct 22, 2008 6:41 pm

Thank you for your reply.

I'm 38 yrs young by the way.

My neurologist isn't concerned about it nor does she think I need to worry about hypertension, since it hasn't been that high when I've been in her office. I do take atenolol, which was originally prescribed for a tachy heart rate: about 140-150 beats per minute at rest.

My balance issues are: stumbling or mis-stepping & running into things. When the doc has me close my eyes I immediately start to fall over. No dizzyness or nausea with it though.

I'm going back to my PCP next week since the Neurologist just wanted to give me pain pills for my daily headaches.

I'm just not satisfied with taking pain meds until I get more answers.

Again, thanks for your reply and have a great day !

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