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Hi everyone, I'm having some trouble finding information online about what can cause a "small focus of T2 hyperintensity".  An MRI was ordered due to my symptoms of virtigo and tingling in my right arm.  What is a developmental venuous abnormality?  What causes a small focus of T2 hyperintensity?? Any help you can offer is appreciated!

"The ventricles reveal normal size, shape, and contour. On the sagittal FLAIR sequence, there is a small focus of T2 FLAIR hyperintensity within the left periatrial white matter (series 13 image 18). This corresponds to a small benign  developmental venous anomaly on the postcontrast imaging. The brainstem, cerebellum, and cerebral hemispheres otherwise appear unremarkable. There is no evidence of acute intracranial hemorrhage, edema, or hydrocephalus. No mass effect or midline shift  is seen. There is no abnormal diffusion restriction to suggest acute infarction. There is no abnormal parenchymal or meningeal enhancement. The visualized skull base and calvarium appear unremarkable."
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987762 tn?1331027953
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Hi and welcome,

Your question has landed in the MS community but from what i understand, your MRI report is suggesting the small number of T2 lesions found would likely be vascular related. The most common cause of T2 FLAIR hyperintensity in the white matter are ischemic micro vascular lesions, these types of non specific white matter lesions are usually tiny 1-3mm. Depending on your age and lesion quantity, your MRI may not be abnormal or even suggestive of any particular medical condition...

You do have a "small venous anomaly" which is typically developmental, that basically means whilst the brain was developing in utero - early years, one of the veins didn't turn out the same as most peoples venous structures. That doesn't mean it's of any significance, an anomaly is not usually something of concern when everything else venous related is perfectly normal, which is what this part of your MRI report is saying.

Hope that helps...JJ
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