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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. ...Read more

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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.". ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 physician care for definitive diagnosis and treatment. Make sure you are on a well-balanced diet. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is moderate diffuse brain atrophy? Is it curable? Please suggest and guide

What is moderate diffuse brain atrophy? Is it curable? Please suggest and guide

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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Are there any cures or treatments for brain atrophy?

Are there any cures or treatments for brain atrophy?

Brain atrophy: No, this is a chronic brain deterioration. ...Read more

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Is diffuse brain atrophy common in old age? How does it affect normal life?

Is diffuse brain atrophy common in old age? How does it affect normal life?

Yes, but see below: As we age, we all lose brain size and slowly atrophy, but typically has minimal effects. If brain size rapidly declines, can be associated with alzheimer's disease, or other problems with cognition. Memory, focus concentration, and organizational skills can decline. Not the same with normal aging. ...Read more

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What are the odds that someone has schizophrenia given that they have brain atrophy?

What are the odds that someone has schizophrenia given that they have brain atrophy?

Too big of a: Question. What is causing the brain atrophy, which parts of the brain are involved, how long has this been going on? These are questions first for a neurologist, and probably a psychiatrist, second. Brain atrophy is a condition where there are fewer cells and/or there are less connected cells, which can cause cognitive problems, some of which might look like schizophrenia (more like OBS). ...Read more

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Hi ihave a cousin in gaza stripes he has been diagnosed with moderate brain atrophy and he is 5 yrs old, is there any treatment for his condition?

Hi ihave a cousin in gaza stripes he has been diagnosed with moderate brain atrophy and he is 5 yrs old, is there any treatment for his condition?

Brain atrophy: Doe he have any metabolic and or congenital disorder?
There is no treatment available for brain atrophy as far as I know in adults. You should contact pediatric neurology. ...Read more

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An autopsy revealed 1070 grams brain atrophy, what does that signify?

Depends: Normal brain weight depends on age and gender. 1070 gm is lower than normal. See this site for more info.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8072950. ...Read more

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An autopsy revealed 1070 grams brain atrophy, is that a significant amount?

An autopsy revealed 1070 grams brain atrophy, is that a significant amount?

Not clear: Brain atrophy occurs in many conditions, and is secondary to the underlying pathology, such as alzheimer's in older people, or multiple sclerosis in younger pts. As we age, our brains decrease in size due to the normal aging process. This has to be placed in context, per age, cause, size of person, etc. ...Read more

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Is moderate diffuse brain atrophy another name of alzheimer's? Is it life threatening? Will it worsen with time? How many stages?

Is moderate diffuse brain atrophy another name of alzheimer's? Is it life threatening? Will it worsen with time? How many stages?

No but: If you have concerns please get a full evaluation from a geriatric psychiatrist or neurologist who specializes in cognitive disorders. You can get specific answers this way. ...Read more

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Is an external hydrocephalus consequence of brain atrophy? Does external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure?

Is an external hydrocephalus consequence of brain atrophy? Does external hydrocephalus make intracranial pressure?

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus is a disorder where there is an increase in cerebral spinal fluid and subsequent dilatation of the internal spaces of the brain. It can be caused by obstruction of the circulation of the fluid or decreased absorption. Intracrania pressure is increased. However, with brain atrophy due to loss of tissue these spaces appear dilated but the pressure is normal. There is no fluid increase. ...Read more