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Technical definition of Punctate Lesions?

Here's a technical question in terms of lesions. Just what size is considered punctate in terms of lesions?

I was lead to understand that punctate meant tiny spot, or pinpoint in size. I have brain lesions 5 mm to 7mm, but my neuro said my lesions are punctate in size.

Just curious.

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1260255 tn?1288658164
Oops! Just read Quix's answer to "How big does a lesion have to be?" and she pretty much answered my questions with saying Dr.s pretty much don't look at anything less than 2mm.

Never mind.

Wish I could pull my question back. Guess my brain is working extremely well today.

Audrey, soon to go by another name to protect my self image.

338416 tn?1420049302
Is your neuro saying you only have punctate lesions?  Or is he just saying that you have punctate lesions as well?  As you say, 5mm to 7mm is definitely too large to be called 'punctate.'
1260255 tn?1288658164
She described my lesions as atypical for MS, given that they are elliptical in shape and punctate in size.

At least that's what I remember. I was struck by her calling them punctate, but did not disagree with the shape description.
338416 tn?1420049302
Well, she sounds like she wasn't paying attention to the size!
147426 tn?1317269232
Punctate - pin point - typically smaller than 2mm.

5mm to 7mm are good sized lesions  and deserving of great respect and consideration.

147426 tn?1317269232
Elliptical - this sounds VERY characteristic of MS lesions.  WTF is she talking about???  The description of the typical MS lesion is "ovoid".  This means "ovalish".  Elliptical is CERTAINLY ovalish.

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