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HomeAnswersNeurologyheterotopiaI have weakness in my arms. Kindly evaluate my MRI.

Can heterotopia cause torticollis and arm weakness?

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Published At December 14, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 17, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I want to ask about my MRI impression. I have some weakness in both arms, and my cranial MRI showed heterotopia, suggesting a slightly low T1, T2, and slightly FLAIR signal focus (1 x 0.7 cm) in the right lower anterior parietal periventricular region. This is similar to the signal intensity of the gray matter, with no abnormal contrast enhancement and no restricted diffusion consistent with a gray matter heterotopia. I would like to know about the possible connection of these findings to my current symptoms, such as weakness and torticollis.

Kindly help.

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Heterotopia is generally congenital. It does not seem to be responsible for the arm weakness that you have. The arm weakness may be due to vitamin deficiency, cervical nerve compression, or stress related. Physical examination and further investigations are a must to be sure of the diagnosis.

Thank you.

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your response.

Is this heterotopia different from cancerous lesions or brain abscesses?

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Heterotopia is not at all cancerous or infective. Please do not worry. It is just a normal tissue at an abnormal location.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Abhishek Juneja
Dr. Abhishek Juneja

Neurology

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