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what are the causes of brain atrophy in an elderly man

A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
39 years experience Geriatrics
Age : Brain atrophy is common in the elderly population. If the atrophy is pronounced may be secondary to dementia. It is not specific of any particular con ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Age: Assuming atrophy is global - or at least non focal - the most likely cause is age related change.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Emily Lu
Dr. Emily Lu answered
6 years experience Family Medicine
Sometimes: When B12 deficiency is treated with B12 (also known as cobalamin), all hematologic symptoms (i.e. Anemia) should reverse and neurological symptoms usu ... Read More
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Dr. Soren Singel
28 years experience Neurosurgery
Not likely: Atrophy is structural change, brain repair is dependent on the age of the individual.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joyce Liporace
32 years experience Neurology
Not in an adults: Depakote or valproic acid does not cause cell loss (atrophy) in an adult brain. Bit, it can cause apoptosis of increased cell death in a developing b ... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
36 years experience Family Medicine
No: You'd thinks so sometimes, but there's no relation.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Concern: There is cause for great concern with these findings and the best qualified specialists to treat and follow you would be both a neurologist and a psyc ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Rosen
35 years experience Ophthalmology
Variable: Injury due to low oxygen at the time of birth, exposure to toxic drugs or infection, or various development problems which can occur in the womb may b ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Todd Sontag
15 years experience Family Medicine
Brain atrophy: Brain atrophy is most often due to aging.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience LASIK Surgery
Internet link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/frontal_lobe_disorder the above link discusses causes of frontal lobe atrophy. Since the frontal lobe is involved in ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Not uncommon: Brain atrophy not uncommon, as at least 65% of all ms pts will develop some cognitive problems, but important to emphasize that some medications can c ... Read More
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