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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Brain Atrophy

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What are the causes of brain atrophy?

What are the causes of brain atrophy?

Age: Brain atrophy is common in the elderly population. If the atrophy is pronounced may be secondary to dementia. It is not specific of any particular condition.

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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What can cause brain atrophy diagnosis at 34 during MRI for ms. I suffer from short term memory loss, can this be caused from the atrophy?

What can cause brain atrophy diagnosis at 34 during MRI for ms. I suffer from short term memory loss, can this be caused from the atrophy?

Brain atrophy: I am sorry to hear about the memory problems. This is common in multiple sclerosis and yes, it correlates with the brain atrophy. Available therapy may help in slowing down the degree of progressive atrophy it occurs in ms. New data presented by Gilenya (fingolimod) (fingilimod) suggest it helps in this particular problem. Donepezil may help the symptoms of memory problems. Memantine is not recommended in ms.

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If I have mild brain atrophy, what could be the cause?

If I have mild brain atrophy, what could be the cause?

Age: Assuming atrophy is global - or at least non focal - the most likely cause is age related change.

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Can the brain atrophy caused by b-12 deficiency be reversed?

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Can the brain atrophy caused by b-12 deficiency be reversed?

Sometimes: When B12 deficiency is treated with B12 (also known as cobalamin), all hematologic symptoms (i.e. Anemia) should reverse and neurological symptoms usually start improving after 3 months with maximal improvement at 6-12 months. For unknown reasons though, sometimes the neurological symptoms persist and even progress even after cobalamin treatment.

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I was diagnosis at 31 with nonspecific generalized brain atrophy but at 25 diagnosis with MCI, mild aspergers. Cause for concern? Been evaled w/ memory loss by psyc

I was diagnosis at 31 with nonspecific generalized brain atrophy but at 25 diagnosis with MCI, mild aspergers. Cause for concern? Been evaled w/ memory loss by psyc

Brain atrophy: Brain atrophy means shrinking of the brain caused by loss of neurons. It is a normal finding in aging although this does not lead to equivalent cognitive changes. It also accompanies many neurodegenerative diseases most of which do not have a reversible quality. Causes that can be treated include B12 deficiency, alcohol use, inflammatory and infectious processes. Your doctor should be telling you why you have this and identify measures that can help maintain function and minimize atrophy to the degree possible.

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What can cause both wandering eyes and frontal brain atrophy?

What can cause both wandering eyes and frontal brain atrophy?

Internet link: Http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/frontal_lobe_disorder the above link discusses causes of frontal lobe atrophy. Since the frontal lobe is involved in eye movements, any of these causes can lead to "wandering eyes.".

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What are the causes of both wandering eyes and frontal brain atrophy?

What are the causes of both wandering eyes and frontal brain atrophy?

Variable: Injury due to low oxygen at the time of birth, exposure to toxic drugs or infection, or various development problems which can occur in the womb may be causes. Comprehensive medical evaluation is necessary to determine the exact cause and any possible remedies which may be helpful. Occasionally genetic mutations may result in development neurological problems that may be helped by specific diets.

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I have temporal lobe seizures. An MRI now showed brain atrophy. What could be the cause?

I have temporal lobe seizures. An MRI now showed brain atrophy. What could be the cause?

Vascular disease: Atrophy means the brain is shrinking or aging inappropriately. Get in a good physicians care for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Make sure you are on a well balanced diet.

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Can you tell me about brain atrophy?

Can you tell me about brain atrophy?

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

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What are the medications for brain atrophy?

What are the medications for brain atrophy?

Symptomatic: Most cases of brain atrophy are due to neurodegenerative disease, which are irreversible. Certain medications may reduce symptoms but not reverse atrophy. Atrophy can be reversed in cases of alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiency, syphilis if proper treatment is provided.

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Can brain atrophy be normal in a 42 year old?

Can brain atrophy be normal in a 42 year old?

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.

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What diseases are associated with some kind of brain atrophy?

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.

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Why is having "mild brain atrophy" serious? Can it be reversed?

Why is having "mild brain atrophy" serious? Can it be reversed?

Old age related: Not usually serious - not reversible - probably due to hypertension- chronic.

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What is the extent of brain atrophy associated with alcohol abusers?

What is the extent of brain atrophy associated with alcohol abusers?

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.

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What should I do if my daughter has been diagnosed with brain atrophy?

What should I do if my daughter has been diagnosed with brain atrophy?

Diagnosis?: Why is this present? Is there a hereditary spinocerebellar degeneration, has there been repetitive head trauma, does she have multiple sclerosis, has she suffered encephalitis from west nile? Maybe, can heip symptoms with meds to prevent seizures, memory enhancing drugs, etc. There is a specific reason for the atrophy, and best to treat that cause.

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Can you suffer significant brain atrophy from youtube, internet, & video games?

Can you suffer significant brain atrophy from youtube, internet, & video games?

Brain atrophy: Usually not although the content may not be too beneficial.