A 73-year-old female asked:
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i recently had an mri of the brain. the results where as follows mild atrophy and mild periventricular white matter ischemic small vessel disease. wh?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Perhaps benign: The MRI truly needs clinical correlation, as the ischemic white matter disease is not uncommonly seen with atherosclerotic changes of aging, and the atrophy may potentially be c/w aging also. But if associated with memory loss or changes in your cognition, could correlate with a progressive dementia perhaps. Query your doctor as to why test was done and if it confirms a clinical problem.
Answered on Oct 3, 2019

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