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My grandson is 6 years old and just had a mri due to seizures. the result showed brain mass loss, what should we expect with this?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Brain mass loss: This means that some areas of brain functions may be lost. Your neurologist will be able to tell you more about this. Hang in there.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
I do not say this lightly, having a grandson with a " porencephalic cyst." The doctor-patient relationship is with the child & his parents, so all you can do is wait for them to share information. Be positive & supportive, even though you're scared witless. " The Kids" need you to be a very helpful rock who does whatever they need it to do.
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
The "wait & see" part, I mean.
Aug 4, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 50 years experience
Mom & Dad need : more information. Areas of damage from low blood & oxygen flow can occur before, during or any time after birth. If damage occurred early but no developmental delay, muscle weakness/tightness or learning problem were noted, maybe other parts of the brain took over the fluid-filled, damaged area's function. Maybe the cystic area enlarged recently, irritating surrounding brain tissue. Wait & see.

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