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Had a mri, cerebrum:small sub cortical white matter flair hyperintensity, 2 mm in size in right anterior frontal love. no restricted diffusion. mean?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Anil Khosla answered

Specializes in Radiology

1-2 tiny bright spots in brain may be a non specific finding. This can be attributed to various causes such as damage to nerve cells or ischemia or other similar causes. Significance of these in real life situation is not clear at this time. If they are large, multiple or in certain delicate areas of brain and patient has neurological findings - they are significant.

Answered Mar 30, 2015


Dr. Seth Zeidman answered

Specializes in Neurosurgery

White matter hyperintensities are an extremely common finding in brain mri, especially in older people. However, just because these spots are common does not mean they are completely benign. An increased number of hyperintensities has been associated with stroke, dementia, and other problems. The cause of these changes is complex, but likely represents vascular changes.

Answered Apr 16, 2016



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