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Hello @kimbo

The additional information you provided was helpful to me in finding some other Members for you to talk with. Some other Members of Mayo Clinic Connect have also posted about small vessel disease, I hope that they will join the conversation and offer some of their experiences, @swenglert @lmg1128 @sue60. Here is the link to a discussion on Small Vessel Disease, perhaps you can relate to some of the posts here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-vascular-small-vessel-disease-that-so-far-just-has-caused/?pg=3#comment-61152.

Here is a Mayo website that gives some more medical information that you might find useful, http://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/neurology/overview/specialty-groups/cerebrovascular-diseases-critical-care-group/overview.

Were you diagnosed with small vessel disease at the same time as you were diagnosed with Anterior Communicating Artery Infundibulum?

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Hi @hopeful33250 Thank you for the links. I was diagnosed with small vessel disease initially by MRI. Went to different Neurologist for a second opinion, and she ordered MRI and MRA and I was then diagnosed with the Infundibulum.

Can someone explain to me what infundibulum really is and how it can be treated? I was told after an MRA and CT Scan that it is one or the other. infundibulum or aneurysm. Shouldn't the neurologist know this after and MRA and CT Scan?

Hello @smartmove2,

The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, is connected to the hypothalamus by a small stem called the infundibulum (or pituitary stalk). Infundibular dilatations (IFDs) are conical, funnel-shaped pouches at the origin of cerebral arteries, and can be difficult to distinguish from an aneurysm. According to this journal article, "the dilatation should be considered as a possible aneurysm only when it measures more than 3 mm in diameter." https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6b3b/ce7eae2263f123756c1fd3b27cf087d64abe.pdf

@smartmove2, would you share a few more details? Did you have significant symptoms that required the MRA and CT Scan?

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