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Mri revealed white spots on brain, causes?

Mri revealed white spots on brain, causes?

Chronic blood supply: White spots or ubo are related to slow death of brain tissue due to blood flow problems. White spots get more numerous with age, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol issues. ...Read more

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Do small white spots on MRI of brain indicate multiple sclerosis?

Do small white spots on MRI of brain indicate multiple sclerosis?

It depends: Like many things in medicine, it depends. Some of it depends on the patient's symptoms, age. Many people have "white spots" on mris; there can be non-specific small vessel white matter disease seen on the MRI of many individuals with a western diet. White spots on an MRI also can mean ms, but it is usually in a certain pattern that is more specific for ms. Discuss your MRI with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What do white spots on the brain indicate on an MRI brain scan?

What do white spots on the brain indicate on an MRI brain scan?

Nonspecific: Scattered white spots confined to the white matter of the brain are fairly common and not specific for a certain disease. White spots in a person less than 50 yrs. Old, however, are usually abnormal and may be seen with multiple sclerosis among many other entities. As one ages, these are more likely due to tiny arterial blockages and are fairly common in people over 70 yrs. Old. ...Read more

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Brain MRI findings. Tiny nonspecific periventricular and subcortical white matter. Possiblities mini strokes, vasculaties, ms. I shuffle my feet & drop?

Brain MRI findings. Tiny nonspecific periventricular and subcortical white matter. Possiblities mini strokes, vasculaties, ms. I shuffle my feet & drop?

Nonspecific finding: White matter changes that are nonspecific are sometimes over reported or under-reported on MRI studies. They may be misread and really suggest MS, they may be a finding with no clinical relevance. Usually it is the latter. It sounds like the brain MRI did not help that much. So you shuffle your feet and drop? What do you mean by drop? Do you have numbness? Why was the brain MRI done? ...Read more

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What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

What can white spots on spine in MRI scan indicate?

Depends on where: In the spine they could be a hemangioma or a lipoma, benign bone lesions... In the spinal cord.......Multiple sclerosis, tumor, or cord trauma. To name a few.... ...Read more

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Mri showed white spots, suspected MS, but spinal tap normal. Neuro says white spots benign, but what exactly causes them?

Mri showed white spots, suspected MS, but spinal tap normal. Neuro says white spots benign, but what exactly causes them?

Nobody knows: ubo.(unidentified bright objects) http://neurology.about.com/od/cerebrovascular/a/What-Are-These-Spots-On-My-MRI.htm So are age spots. Indeed, age spots are very highly associated with diseases of aging like cerebrovascular disease..because they aren't in young people. Found in elephant man disease, stroke http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24936416 not so much MS. I've only seen them in normals. ...Read more

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Can a brain MRI detect nonspecific supratentorial white matter disease?

Can a brain MRI detect nonspecific supratentorial white matter disease?

Yes: Nonspecific white matter disease may be seen in individuals with migraine headache, can be post infectious or can be a result of hypertension and high cholesterol. At times MRI with administration of contrast is recommended to better characterize these lesions. ...Read more

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Can white matter lesions be seen on a brain MRI without contrast?

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Can white matter lesions be seen on a brain MRI without contrast?

MRI: Majority of WM lesions are visible on MRI, depending on type & size & location. ...Read more

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Mri result very few scattered punctate foci of flair 2 signal abnormality seen in periventricular and subcortical white matter. history concussion, htn?

Mri result very few scattered punctate foci of flair 2 signal abnormality  seen in periventricular and subcortical white matter. history concussion, htn?

More likely HTN: Mri scans that demonstrate the scattered periventricular signal changes are likely showing changes from hypertension. This is a typical location for this. Severe concussions may show some signal abnormalities along the white matter tracks (diffuse axonal injury) rather than in the periventricular zones. ...Read more

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Why did a MRI of brain showed "nonspecific white matter"?

Why did a MRI of brain showed "nonspecific white matter"?

Common finding: The scan probably read as "non specific white matter changes" which is can be seen in scans of people with migraine. This is a fairly common statement in a radiology report. The findings should be correlated with your physician's evaluation. There may be a reason to repeat the MRI in six months to a year. ...Read more

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CT shows 12 mm bright white lesion in brain. Looks like a hollow rock! also small speck like white spots. Could this be MS lesion, Dizzy/headaches?

 CT shows 12 mm bright white lesion in brain. Looks like a hollow rock!  also small speck like white spots. Could this be MS lesion, Dizzy/headaches?

Hold up: We see these "small specks" all of the time. Before I would entertain MS, I think that an MRI is a better study. Depending on your symptoms and what exactly this white spot is, your doctor will likely pursue and MRI to clarify things. ...Read more

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What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter of an MRI brain scan?

What does the results few tiny nonenhancing T2/FLAIR signal foci within the 
subcortical frontal & right temporal white matter  of an MRI brain scan?

Blood vessels: Most likely would be blood vessels. But that also depends on why you had the test in the first place. Usually in young people we don't see too many of these white or bright spots. As we get older they show up. Ask your doctor to explain the results on general ...Read more

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Brain MRI white matter 4 black holes. Lp clear. Blood test clear. Spinal MRI ctl clear. No symptom of ms. What r the chances of be MS something else?

Brain MRI white matter 4 black holes. Lp clear. Blood test clear. Spinal MRI ctl clear.  No symptom of ms.  What r the chances of be MS something else?

Symptoms? : You cannot anything on the information given black holes may have been there for years as far as we know multiple sclerosis is basically a clinical diagnosis in the absence of symptoms a repeat MRI is suggested in 6 months or so ! ...Read more

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What does scattered foci off adnormal t/2 flair hyperintensity within the periventricular white matter? Mri was ordered for MS symptoms

What does scattered foci off adnormal t/2 flair hyperintensity within the periventricular white matter? Mri was ordered for MS symptoms

Maybe diagnostic: Your doctor needs to counsel you about this result, as one explanation could well be MS, but other causes may be considered. Have a neurologist fully confirm or disconfirm the diagnosis ASAP. ...Read more

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What could white patches on a brain scan suggest?

Few things: If by brain scan you mean mri, then "white patches" at your age are probably part of aging, nonspecific, unimportant. Of course they can also represent other things such as ms. I would recommend correlating your symptoms with the finding. If you weren't being worked up for ms than don't worry about it. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My mother, 84, MRI scan> subacute infarcts, bilateral frontal lobes, small vessel ischematic changes inthe basal ganglia, periventricular white matter?

My mother, 84, MRI scan> subacute infarcts, bilateral frontal lobes, small vessel ischematic changes inthe basal ganglia, periventricular white matter?

Small vessel disease: Mri in a 84 years old lady showing infarcts and small vessel disease means she is having ministrokes. That is very common in that age group. If she has heart disease or carotid artery disease or risk factors like high BP or diabetes or high lipids they should be controlled and she should follow up with her dr who can give her further recommendations. ...Read more

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Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

There is: simply not enough information to venture a guess. It could be nothing. How is it described in the MRI report? ...Read more

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Need help reading mri results: inferior cerebellar tonsillar ectopia up to 12mm and a few scattered patchy white matter t2/flair hyperintense lesions?

Need help reading mri results: inferior cerebellar tonsillar ectopia up to 12mm and a few scattered patchy white matter t2/flair hyperintense lesions?

Rec direct consult.: Digging into the details of this exam should be done in consult with a radiologist &/or your neurologist. Free free to upload your MRI images and schedule a concierge appointment and I'd be happy to go through the findings and terminology with you. ...Read more

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Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

Brain mri-white spots/migraines. Told this is abnormal for 39 y/o. Dad & grandma-early onset dementia (50s). Do white spots = dementia in my future?

...hold on cowgirl!!: I've seen lots of scanned images with "white spots" that turned out to be artifact rather than tissue pathology...Similar to having a dirty lens on your microscope! there are some genetic markers for certain types of dementias that would be much more useful to you...And all it takes is a swab of the buccal mucosa inside your mouth, and, of course, a little money! seek more opinions on "white dots". ...Read more

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I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin. Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted? Im 41

I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin.  Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted?  Im 41

Possible: Exact scenario may be hard. Need ct of chest, abdomen, & pelvis to rule out any cancer that could cause high calcium or sarcoidosis. If not done, need parathyroid and vitamin d levels. It may be that you take calcium or Tums that increased your calcium in blood which if high enough causes confusion and weakness. If so, brain findings may relate to a virus possibly herpes vs others. ...Read more

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Hello I've had 2 MRI brain scans for white spots on my brain and the expert doctors here still don't know what it is i need answers now! I've even had?

Hello I've had 2 MRI brain scans for white spots on my brain and the expert doctors here still don't know what it is  i need answers now! I've even had?

Many possibilities: Sounds like you're referring to t2 white matter hyper intensities. The possible causes are numerous. Developing some small spots is really fairly normal as one ages, but the devil is in the details of your films, your history, and your exam. Your neurologist would be best one to determine what these may be, if they are concerning, and if they require further investigation. ...Read more

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Had normal brain MRI in 2014 (headaches and optical migraines). Doc mentioned white spots apparently from the headaches. It scared me tho. common?

Had normal brain MRI in 2014 (headaches and optical migraines). Doc mentioned white spots apparently from the headaches. It scared me tho. common?

Mixed bag: This web article is on point: http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/disorders/central/pvm.htm About half of normal folks over 65 have T2 abnormalities (white spots). Folks in their 40s with migraines can also present this way. It is nonspecific though so a repeat MRI in a patient with continued symptoms could be considered, mostly since there is little risk due to MRI in patients who can have them ...Read more

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What causes bright spots in 1 year old brain mri?

What causes bright spots in 1 year old brain mri?

Lots of things: "bright spots" on an MRI have various causes. They can range from benign, insignificant findings to infections, injuries, metabolic problems and more. An MRI is only a tool, and the findings need to be put in the context of the patient's clinical condition. Mri's are often ordered unnecessarily and then odd findings (like bright spots) can make a straightforward case much more confusing. ...Read more

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Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

There is: simply not enough information to venture a guess. It could be nothing. How is it described in the MRI report? ...Read more

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What does a big black spot on a brain MRI mean?

What does a big black spot on a brain MRI mean?

Unanswerable: Many possibilities depending on sequence used, contrast, location of "spot" etc. The MRI report should provide details. ...Read more

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Daughter had brain MRI for big head, they found that bright spot not seen in prostery pituitary is not seen and antierior pituitary is 3 mm in height ?

Daughter had brain MRI for big head, they found that bright spot not seen in prostery pituitary is not seen and antierior pituitary is 3 mm in height ?

Possibly something: MRI is used to see if there is too much fluid in the brain (hydrocephalus), but other findings can be found. Brain Tumor per se is NOT presented this way. Heridtary Diseases that give Growths int he brain typically have > 1 of these bright spots.
So, you'd know more than me. Others in the family with Elephant man disease or Tuberous sclerosis? No, then not that. Can be in a lot. can be just there ...Read more

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When a radiologist two says they don't know what's causing lesions in brain and just had a new brain MRI and they third radioologist says when I asked him about a big white spot in back of brain if it could be a tumor he just said it most likely they big

See neurologist: There are many reasons for 'lesions' or 'white spots' but there shouldn't be many in someone aged 48. Would suggest seeing a neurologist for thorough evaluation and correlation between spots and clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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CT scan showed spot on brain! MRI showed nothing why? which one is right?

CT scan showed spot on brain! MRI showed nothing why? which one is right?

Discuss with Doctors: We can not comment on the results of the MRI and CAT SCAN.We don't know why the tests were ordered and what does the spot mean and it's location and interpretation by the Radiologist.You have to discuss these findinngs as they apply to you based on your clinical status ...Read more

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Every time I cough my head hurts more in the same spot. I have a brain mri scheduled , is it safe to take antihistamine to stop cough? I’m concerned.

Every time I cough my head hurts more in the same spot. I have a brain mri scheduled , is it safe to take antihistamine to stop cough? I’m concerned.

Cough: To suppress a dry hacking cough it is safe for you to take an antihistamine combined in cough syrup that has dextromethorphan(antihistamine DM elixir). The antihistamine may cause some drowsiness. You can ask your pharmacist to recommend one. Claritin is a non drowsy antihistamine but on its own, may not suppress a hacking cough. ...Read more

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Had brain mri/wcontrast.Small spot rt side seen by neuro said hypertension maybe but no ms.Should i be worried.Taking 81mg aspirin now mra of neck nex?

Had brain mri/wcontrast.Small spot rt side seen by neuro said hypertension maybe but no ms.Should i be worried.Taking 81mg aspirin now mra of neck nex?

Small white spot: A single small white spot should not be cause for concern. It can be caused by high blood pressure. Since you have high blood pressure, it makes sense to use a little aspirin. We see white spots in 50% of our brain MRI's up here. If you also have headaches, it is reasonable to have the MRA test. Otherwise I am not sure why this test was ordered. ...Read more

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How likely am i to be diagnosed with ms? I originally went to the doctor for numbness and tingling in my hand and foot and have gotten severe pain in my opposite arm and hip on two occasions. One white spot was found on my brain mri, minor degenerative c

How likely am i to be diagnosed with ms? I originally went to the doctor for numbness and tingling in my hand and foot and have gotten severe pain in my opposite arm and hip on two occasions.  One white spot was found on my brain mri, minor degenerative c

Hard to say: One white spot on brain MRI is nonspecific. If it is in a particular area (corpus callosum) it would be more concerning, otherwise it could have been from prior brain infection (encephalitis) or trauma (shearing injury). Your symptoms are a bit more worrisome. Perhaps a spinal fluid analysis will help. Neurology consult would be useful. ...Read more

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White spots on the brain shown in mri and i'm having siezures would there be any connection ?

White spots on the brain shown in mri
and i'm having siezures 
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Spots nonspecific: At your age, spots may be consistent with microvascular angiopathy, a sign of vascular atherosclerosis or even small strokes, which may be a focus for your seizures, but such lesions may be due to migraine, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and may have little to do with current seizures. Talk to your doc, as may need a medicine to protect against stroke. ...Read more

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Mri revealed white spots on brain, causes?

Chronic blood supply: White spots or ubo are related to slow death of brain tissue due to blood flow problems. White spots get more numerous with age, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking and cholesterol issues. ...Read more

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What further testing is done to find out what caused white spots to show up on the brain when an MRI was done?

Mri follow up: Tests that may be done to help find out what caused the spots on an mri could be: 1. physical exam / blood pressure check 3. blood tests 3. spinal tap Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What do white spots on the brain indicate on an MRI brain scan?

Nonspecific: Scattered white spots confined to the white matter of the brain are fairly common and not specific for a certain disease. White spots in a person less than 50 yrs. Old, however, are usually abnormal and may be seen with multiple sclerosis among many other entities. As one ages, these are more likely due to tiny arterial blockages and are fairly common in people over 70 yrs. Old. ...Read more

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Had an MRI of the brain back on 7/9/13. Everything came back normal except for a few white spots. Is there a chance of developing an aneurysm since?

Had an MRI of the brain back on 7/9/13. Everything came back normal except for a few white spots. Is there a chance of developing an aneurysm since?

MRI AND white spots: Why you had an MRI, what symptoms you had? The current MRI resolution should provide the diagnosis of aneurysm, requires follow up. white spots, may go away or increase, you require a neurologist. Do a follow up MRI Have a neurocognitive testing Other conditions also generate white spots, you need differential diagnosis ...Read more