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A 21-year-old female asked:

My father age 56 fell today and hit his head because of low sugar. we did a scan and the results said that he had mild cerebral atrophy. there are no bleeds or fractures. is it serious and should we take any precautions?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
The cerebral atrophy is likely a effect of his other health issues & can explain a decline of intellectual function and responses. By itself it's just a finding of past problems. I would be wise to discuss this with his treating doctor who is more aware of all factors of his case to gain insight on what it will mean for the future.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
As we age, we acquire steady and progressive brain atrophy. His may be within the normal range, or he may have been dehydrated, or may be showing early degeneration. Ask your doctors which category fits best
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Last updated Jan 21, 2023


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