1. Health

Definitions of Common Terms Used by Stroke Doctors

Unsure of what your doctor was talking about? Here, a glossary of common terms used in discussions about stroke.

Abulia

Acute Stroke

Advanced Practice Nurse

Agnosia

Agraphia

Air Embolus

Alexia

Alzheimer Disease (AD)

Anarthria

Aneurysm

Anosagnosia

Antibody

Antiphospholipid Antibody

Apnea

Apraxia

Arrhythmia

Arteriovenous Malformation

Artery-to-Artery Thromboembolism

Aspiration Pneumonia

Astereognosis

Atrial Septal Aneurysm

Atrophy

Basal Ganglia

Basilar Artery

Benign Brain Tumor

Bleeding Disorder

Brain Attack Coalition

Brain Ventricles

Brainstem

Broca's Aphasia

Cardiomegaly

Cardiomyopathy

Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA)

Central Nervous System

Cerebellum

Cerebral Angiogram

Cerebral Cortex

Computer Tomography Angiogram (CTA)

Constructional Apraxia

Contracture

Contrast

Corona Radiata

Cranial Nerve Nuclei

Critical Care Meidine

Cryptogenic Stroke

Deep Venous Thrombosis

Dejerine-Roussy Syndrome

Delusions

Dementia

Diagnostic Radiology

Diffusion Weighted MRI

Dominant Language Hemisphere

Dural Sinus Thrombosis

Dural Sinus

Dysarthria

Dysphagia

Embolic Stroke

Endovascular Thrombolysis

Eye Opening Apraxia

Focal Seizure

Food Bolus

Frontal Lobe

Genetic Disease

Hallucination

Head CT

Hemiparesis

Hemiplegia

Heparin

High Blood Pressure

Holter Monitor

Homonimous Hemianopsia

Hydrocephalus

Ideomotor Apraxia

Insomnia

Intensive Care Unit

Internal Capsule

Internal Carotid Artery

Interventional Radiology

Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Intracranial Aneurysm Clipping

Intracranial Pressure Monitor (ICP Monitor)

Intracranial Pressure

Intraventricular Hemorrhage

Ischemia

Ischemic Stroke

Lacunar Stroke

Lewy Body Dementia

Lupus Anticoagulant

Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV)

Malignant Brain Tumor

Medical History

Medulla Oblongata

Meningioma

Metastatic Brain Tumor

Middle Cerebral Artery

Migraine Aura

Mood Disorder

MRI

Muscle Rigidity

Myxoma

Neuritic Plaque

Neurofibrillary Tangles

Neurological Examination

Neuron

NIH Stroke Scale (NIHSS)

Nocturnal

Occipital Pole

Paradoxical Embolism

Parkinsonism

Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)

PFO

Physiatrist

Pick's Disease

Pons

Postictal Paralysis

Primary Brain Tumor

Primary Progressive Aphasia

Prosthetic Heart Valve

Pseudotumor Cerebri

Psychosis

Pulmonary Embolism

Rasmussen's Encephalitis

Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome

Rheumatic Heart Disease

Seizure

Septic Embolus

Silent Stroke

Silent Stroke

Spasticity

Spinal Cord

Stroke Registry

Stroke Unit

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Subdural Hemorrhage

Systolic Blood Pressure

Telegraphic Speech

Temporal Lobe

Thalamus

Thrombotic Stroke

Thunderclap Headache

Tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA)

Transcranial Doppler (TCD)

Vacular Neurosurgery

Vascular Neurology

Vascular Surgery

Vascular Territory

Vasculitis

Vasospasm

Ventriculostomy

Visual Field

Wernicke’s Aphasia

White Matter

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.