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Atrophy (Definition)

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


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18 mnth after tb meningitis her ct scan says Diffuse atrophic changes in d bilateral cerebral hemisphere with large hypodensity in lft internal capsule, She's 23 and hs spasm in limbs. Any hope?

18 mnth after tb meningitis her ct scan says Diffuse atrophic changes in d bilateral cerebral hemisphere with large hypodensity in lft internal capsule, She's 23 and hs spasm in limbs. Any hope?

Mgt/workup: The TB appears to have spread and may be difficult to treat. I would suggest that they obtain CSF cultures for TB with sensitivities to guide the multi-drug therapy. The head CT scan can then be followed once she is on targeted therapy.
Checking for a pulmonary source and a screening chest XR
The spasm of her limbs may be from a prior episode of encephalitis based on her history. ...Read more

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18 mnth after tb meningitis her ct scan says Diffuse atrophic changes in d bilateral cerebral hemisphere with large hypodensity in left internal capsule, she's 23 yrs nd hs spasm in limbs, Any hope?

18 mnth after tb meningitis her ct scan says Diffuse atrophic changes in d bilateral cerebral hemisphere with large hypodensity in left internal capsule, she's 23 yrs nd hs spasm in limbs, Any hope?

There is hope: TB meningitis is a problem world wide. Unfortunately it can leave long lasting problems. When blood supply lost to part of brain it doesn't heal. But she is young and with physical and occupational therapy, she could improve dramatically. Don't give up hope! ...Read more

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Leg atrophy can't stand cant walk had back disk surgery 72 years old?

Leg atrophy can't stand cant walk had back disk surgery 72 years old?

It sounds like: The sciatic nerve sustained damage, we do not have much to offer other than therapy ...Read more

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Ct aftr 18 mnths of tb meningitis shw diffuse atrophic changes in bilateral hemisphere wid large hypodensity in left internal capsule thn why she's facing spasm in her left leg if left brain effected?

Ct aftr 18 mnths of tb meningitis shw diffuse atrophic changes in bilateral hemisphere wid large hypodensity in left internal capsule thn why she's facing spasm in her left leg if left brain effected?

Brain Changes: You said there are changes in both sides of the brain. Also not knowing the extent of the damage and if there is damage to the motor cortex or in the spinal cord it is impossible to answer your question completely. You need to seek answers from your neurologist and a neuro radiologist who may be able to see more subtleties on an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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I have has a Mri. And the needle test Cat scan. And all they come up with in a bulged hernia. I'm on so much meds. And my leg KILL me 24-7. No meds help?

I have has a Mri. And the needle test Cat scan. And all they come up with in a bulged hernia. I'm on so much meds. And my leg KILL me 24-7. No meds help?

Consult a: Neurologist and Neurosurgeon. Based on the limited information available here, you need to have a specialist guide you through the options for treatment of your pain up and including the point at which you may need surgery. Depending on the severity of the structural abnormality, you may benefit from rest, NSAIDS, physical therapy, or chiropractic care.
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http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00534 ...Read more

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How to alleviate "Thigh" and "Leg" pain that feels nerve related. I've had MRI, CAT Scan and saw a neurologist, all to no avail.

How to alleviate "Thigh" and "Leg" pain that feels nerve related. I've had MRI, CAT Scan and saw a neurologist, all to no avail.

There are many choic: Depending on your doctor's recommendations, you could be treated with one or more of the several available Pain medications. Tylenol (Paracetamol) is the easiest and safest medication. Other medicines include Gabapentin or Amitriptyline. Try them one at a time and see what works best for you. ...Read more

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36 year old male with numbness of right side head, neck, arm and leg. Cat scan is clear. Is he going to die? What is it? He has hypertension.

36 year old male with numbness of right side head, neck, arm and leg. Cat scan is clear. Is he going to die? What is it? He has hypertension.

Loaded question: The potential diagnoses for the above depends on time (how long have the symptoms lasted), circumstances (when/how did they develop, did they appear concurrently or at different times, are they progressing or resolving), and severity. The possiblts run from migraine, small lacunar stroke that may later show up on mri, pinched nerve, autoimmune or infectious causes, etc...Outcome depends on cause. ...Read more

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left side of my body is in constant pain. LEg from the knee down goes numb & cold, arm from elbow down hurt. All MRI & cat scan are normal.

Ask your Dr about: These possibilities - pinched nerve, peripheral or autonomic neuropathy, autoimmune condition, diabetes etc. Take care and God bless you!
http://www. Emedicinehealth. Com/neuropathy/article_em. Htm ...Read more

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Eeg cat scan mri all came back ok but my tremors have gotten worse I cannot walk my L leg shakes bad when I try walk when I put it on the ground?

Eeg cat scan mri all came back ok but my tremors have gotten worse I cannot walk my L leg shakes bad when I try walk when I put it on the ground?

Other possibilities: Ask your doctor about other neurological diseases that can cause tremors and weakness and are not necessarily diagnosed by the tests you had done. Myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, cerebellar ataxia are some examples ...Read more

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My dad is 91. He had a cat scan done and it showed kidney atrophy. What does that mean?

My dad is 91. He had a cat scan done and it showed kidney atrophy. What does that mean?

Kidney atrophy: Kidney atrophy means that the kidneys are small. Usually, atrophy is a sign that the kidneys are decreasing in function. ...Read more

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My cat scan showed mild intracranial atrophy and mild supratentorial small vessel white matter disease?

My cat scan showed mild intracranial atrophy and mild supratentorial small vessel white matter disease?

See your doctor: These findings need to be put into perspective with respect to the symptoms which led to the decision to order the ct scan in the first place. In some, these could be consgtrued as normal findings, though 45 years old is young for these. ...Read more

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What to do if I need a ct-cat scan possible triple fusion operation on ankle?

See below: First get the scan done so you doctor can evaluate the bone structure and then discuss the treatment options for the problem. ...Read more

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On warfarin. Fell yesterday. Calf swelled to the size of a grapefruit with jelly like fish raised marks. Painful. Burning. Er just took a cat scan and sent me home. Wat shld I do now? Help!

On warfarin. Fell yesterday. Calf swelled to the size of a grapefruit with jelly like fish raised marks. Painful. Burning. Er just took a cat scan and sent me home. Wat shld I do now? Help!

If numbness/worse ER: A tissue bleed (hematoma) can be managed w watchful reassessment (could measure the circumference) with analgesics/warm compresses. If the swelling worsens, pin gets worse, or numbness in foot develops need to return to er to rule out a compartment syndrome (compression of tissue, blood vessels, and nerves in a fascial compartment like te calf). This can occur if ongoing bleeding on warfarin. ...Read more

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I had nothing on knee mri, but a loose fragment shoes on xray. Now doctor wants cat scan. Is this necessary prior to arthroscopy and why?

I had nothing on knee mri, but a loose fragment shoes on xray. Now doctor wants cat scan. Is this necessary prior to arthroscopy and why?

See below: Xray and MRI are very different. A loose body seen on xray may not be visible on MRI if it's small and calcified and the radiologist reading the MRI did get to see the xray. It's also possible that the "loose body" on xray may not be an actual finding. Ct is recommended in this case probably to reconcile the differences as ct can see calcified loose body and the joint spaces fairly well. ...Read more

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Wife feeds stray cat in our woodsy CT yard. Cat's friendly non-aggressive. No tags or collar. Cat licked my leg, should I b worried for rabies?

Wife feeds stray cat in our woodsy CT yard. Cat's friendly non-aggressive. No tags or collar. Cat licked my leg, should I b worried for rabies?

Not to worry.: Since the rabies virus affects the nervous system, rabid animals generally display abnormal behavior. The virus can be transmitted via contact with the affected animal's saliva, usually through a bite. Theoretically, saliva from a rabid animal could infect a human if the saliva entered an open wound. In this instance, the animal was unlikely to be rabid and no mention was made of an open wound. ...Read more

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D dimer. 63, negative ultrasound of leg. Please explain WHY the test is elevated with NO other reasons for elevation. Should I ask for CT scan?

D dimer. 63, negative ultrasound of leg. Please explain WHY the test is elevated with NO other reasons for elevation. Should I ask for CT scan?

Unremarkable: First off there are multiple reasons for d dimer elevations other than a DVT or pe. Also- the number you quoted (63) to my knowledge is not considered to be a positive result for the test. Ct scan of the chest is a good test if you have suspicion for a pulmonary embolus or if you have a very hight risk score. If symptoms are minimal and risk is minimum then you are likely ok without a ct scan. ...Read more

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Can a CT scan of the leg give any indication of a blood clot at all?

Can a CT scan of the leg give any indication of a blood clot at all?

Probably not: Ultrasound is the best test for blood clots in the legs. A CT of the leg without contrast would only show indirect signs - edema, or swelling, in the tissues may show up if the DVT is extensive enough. With IV contrast, a DVT may be visible on CT. In general, a "normal" CT of the leg is not sufficient to rule out a blood clot. ...Read more

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Positive d dimer neg ct scan scared? On celexane until scan on leg mon fast pulse rate

Positive d dimer neg ct scan scared? On celexane until scan on leg mon fast pulse rate

Mgt: There are false positives associated with the D Dimer test, but the CT is reassuring. The scan on Monday will help your physicians determine whether you need further anti-coagulation. ...Read more

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Ct scan shows facet joint spurring just contacting the nerve root sleeve. Could that be causing the pain when raising the opposite leg?

Could be: Any time there is nerve root involvement, movement (such as that caused when raising your leg) in the area can cause irritation and often pain to area the verve supplies the sensation to. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what L5 s1 shallow central disc protrusion is? Apparently I have that due to a ct. Scan. And leg and back hurts : (

Can you please tell me what L5 s1 shallow central disc protrusion is? Apparently I have that due to a ct. Scan. And leg and back hurts : (

Shallow disc: This means that there is a small central bulging/herniation of the disc material at the l5/s1 spinal segment. Lots of people have things like this. It usually doesn't cause much compression of the nerve due to the location. But this signifies that you are starting to have some disc 'degeneration'/damage. Ct not as good as MRI for diag. Stay healthy, exercise, maintain healthy weight. ...Read more

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I am polio afflicted. 43 yr old female rt leg is affected, recent MRI scan show atrophy of paravertebral muscles, is it normal in polio pt?

I am polio afflicted. 43 yr old female rt leg is affected, recent MRI scan show atrophy of paravertebral muscles, is it normal in polio pt?

Post polio syndrome: Atrophy, pain and weakness affecting muscles can occur after a course of polio. The problem is other things can cause these symptoms too, and it is difficult to distinguish them.

Sometimes in polio muscles are reorganized without a change in strength. ...Read more

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How to find out if I have disuse atrophy? Xray scan or blood sample? I exercise often but no mass increase in my legs (calfs) and blemish after scabs.

How to find out if I have disuse atrophy? Xray scan or blood sample? I exercise often but no mass increase in my legs (calfs) and blemish after scabs.

You don't: If you truly "exercise often" then you don't have disuse atrophy. Disuse atrophy is defined by atrophy caused by lack of use, as the name implies. As in a person whose arm is in a cast for 8 weeks might have disuse atrophy from not having used their arm for that time. Again, if you truly exercise often, you don't have disuse atrophy, another cause should be sought. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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Painful tingling occurs on entire right side (face, leg, arm) after exercise, getting hot or drinking. MRI/CT scans normal, Coron Art U/S normal?

Painful tingling occurs on entire right side (face, leg, arm) after exercise, getting hot or drinking. MRI/CT scans normal, Coron Art U/S normal?

You need to see: A very specialized specialist: a neurologist who specializes in neurovascular disease (stroke-like conditions). This is a very worrisome set of symptoms and the fact that the usual tests are normal makes it even more challenging. Do some research online, especially looking at Faculty at Medical Schools near you. Ask doctors you know/trust for local recommendations. All the best. . ...Read more

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Ct scan says mild meningitis in perisylvian region. Frnd is hvng stiffness in left arm and leg while awake but it goes while she sleeps? Cureable?

Ct scan says mild meningitis in perisylvian region. Frnd is hvng stiffness in left arm and leg while awake but it goes while she sleeps? Cureable?

Not sure: Not sure what you mean by a ct showing "meningitis, " nor what that means relative to "perisylvian." meningitis is typically not diagnosed on ct. I would check with your doctor for further clarification. ...Read more

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I am 34 years old and suffering with left leg pain and numbness from last one year. Mri and CT scan done and found the disc slipped problem in L4 l5, ?

I am 34 years old and suffering with left leg pain and numbness from last one year. Mri and CT scan done and found the disc slipped problem in L4 l5, ?

Might need surgery: A herniated disc is one of the most common reasons for needing back surgery, especially if it is causing weakness or numbness in the leg. See your doctor and get a consultation with a spine surgeon (usually an orthopedist or neurosurgeon). You don't want nerve problems to become permanent. A microdiskectomy can sometimes be done as day surgery. Hope you feel better. ...Read more

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I got a groing pain that runs down the legs someimes when driving or lifting heavy don't CT scans got it checked by 4 surgeons they sait its not hernia?

I got a groing pain that runs down the legs someimes when driving or lifting heavy don't CT scans got it checked by 4 surgeons they sait its not hernia?

Maybe it is: Lumbar disc problem, rather than an abdominal hernia if 4 surgeons cannot find it. Or a urologic problem such as prostatitis, or neurologic problem such as pinched nerve. Consult a urologist first, then neurologist/neurosurgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more