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Brain Atrophy If Untreated
No: Our brains shrink as we age from 30 to 90, but this is due cell size reducing. The term "atrophy", if used correctly, means the degree of shrinkage is more than normal for age. This is generally an imaging term, like from MRI data. Atrophy can then be graded mild, moderate or severe and given regional specificity (e.g. Global v. Medial temporal). This then means a loss of brain cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more
Many causes: The many causes of cerebral atrophy include aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebral palsy, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, leukodystrophies, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anorexia, malnutrition, type II diabetes, and inflammation of the brain from encephalitis, AIDS, or neurosyphilis. Ref: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_atrophy/cerebral_atrophy.htm ...Read more
Age: Assuming atrophy is global - or at least non focal - the most likely cause is age related change. ...Read more
Many causes: Atrophy or shrinking of the brain, can be seen with many conditions, including dementias, such as alzheimer's, chronic multiple sclerosis, nutritional and alcohol issues, and sometimes even misleading, as in cases of severe dehydration, which can be reversible. Minor atrophy is invariably associated with aging. ...Read more
Old age related: Not usually serious - not reversible - probably due to hypertension- chronic. ...Read more
It depends: This depends on the amount of alcohol used, frequency of use, and period of time involved. Also important are other accompanying diseases the alcoholic might have, such as liver dysfunction. Frontal cortex atrophy is frequently seen, and impacts judgment and executive cognitive function. In long term alcohol abuse, one can see cerebellar atrophy also -- leading to uncoordinated movements. ...Read more
Variable: Brain atrophy is the term for decreasing size of brain faster than seen in normal aging, and in elderly, might be a sign of alzheimer's. Can also be seen in other infirmities such as ms, prior repetitive head trauma, spinocerebellar degenerations, and prior brain infections and multiple strokes. Moderate is a lower grade of extent. Need to get an underlying diagnosis to address this. See neurol. ...Read more
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