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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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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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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!

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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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

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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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 
would there be any connection ?

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?

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?

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?

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

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Looking for advice on white spots on brain discovered incidently on neck mri? what could these be? ive been unwell for 6 yrs still with no diagnosis.

Looking for advice on white spots on brain discovered incidently on neck mri? what could these be? ive been unwell for 6 yrs still with no diagnosis.

See a neurologist: go see a neurologist as soon as possible to rule out multiple sclerosis or other myelin sheath problems It may be normal for you but you need additional testing ...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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Mri of brain showed thinning mylin and white spots as well as grey mass...could this along with other be MS?

Mri of brain showed thinning mylin and white spots as well as grey mass...could this along with other be MS?

MRI brain: The thinning myelin and white spots are often described in the usual aging of the brain. Multiple sclerosis (MS) plaques are commonly found along the corpus callosum, periventricular white matter, cerebellum, brain stem, and spinal cord. A lumbar puncture with analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid will make the diagnosis of MS. See a neurologist to discuss the MRI findings in the brain. ...Read more

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