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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Cerebellar Atrophy

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Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from  MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Differential for CA: The differential diagnosis of later onset cerebellar atrophy can be hereditary, acquired, or degenerative. The acquired forms can be arrested or even treated and thus should be investigated. The investigation usually includes blood and possibly 24 hour urine evaluation. Sometimes the blood work is sent off to a specialty lab especially when the hereditary/paraneoplastic forms are being sought. ...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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Is long term alcohol use a cause for cerebellar atrophy? If stopped, how long with no alcohol will improve it?

Is long term alcohol use a cause for cerebellar atrophy? If stopped, how long with no alcohol will improve it?

Yes and No: Chronic alcohol use in excess especially affects the central portion of the cerebellum known as the vermis. Atrophy will not reverse itself but a person could become more well acclimated to coping with the consequences of a degenerated cerebellum due to whatever reason. ...Read more

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What's cerebellar atrophy?

What's cerebellar atrophy?

Shrinkage: The cerebellum is a posterior area of the brain important in balance and coordination. Atrophy implies this area is shrinking in size. Some causes could include alcohol abuse, hereditary spinocerebellar degenerations, and chronic ms. The underlying causation should be sought, as some conditions are reversible or controllable. ...Read more

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Can cerebellar atrophy be reversed?

Can cerebellar atrophy be reversed?

Cerebellar atrophy: Cerebellar atrophy from any cause is not reversible. Treating the underlying cause may prevent it from getting worse such as alcohol and vitamin E deficiency etc. ...Read more

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What's olivopontine cerebellar atrophy?

What's olivopontine cerebellar atrophy?

Degenerative disease: A large group of sporadic and inherited disorders with symptom onset in the 5th decade of life. Main manifestations include ataxia, first in the legs then arms, hands and facial muscles.Characterized by extensive degeneration of the cerebellum, pontine nuclei and medullary olivary nuclei, opca's have been described with many other clinical findings. Treatment is symtom specific and variable. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about cerebellar atrophy?

Yes, but...: Cerebellar atrophy is potentially a huge subject and can't fit into 400 words. Google cerebellar atrophy with NIH or emedicine or wiki to find good articles on the subject. A common cause in our society is long-term alcohol use. The reason the roadside "drunk test" includes balance and limb control tests (tandem walk, nose-touching) is that acute and chronic, alcohol hits the cerebellum hard ...Read more

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How common is cerebellar atrophy in the world?

Cerebellar atrophy: Findings of cerebellar atrophy is not that uncommon, the key question is whether it might be associated with other neurological problems. If this finding showed up as part of a routine study for something else then likely not a problem. If there is an issue a neurologist could likely sort this out. ...Read more

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Is cerebellar atrophy fatal?

No: Cerebellar atrophy can be associated with long term Phenytoin use and alcohol consumption. It by itself is not a fatal condition ...Read more

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Because of "diffuse cerebellar atrophy" my friend can not able to pregnant.?

Because of "diffuse cerebellar atrophy" my friend can not able to pregnant.?

No relationship: Pts with diffuse cerebellar atrophy can have balance and coordination issues, but this area of brain does not affect female hormonal function or pregnancy. ...Read more

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If i have cerebellar atrophy (not from alcohol), should I avoid all alcohol , including that found in cold medicines?

If i  have cerebellar atrophy (not from alcohol), should I avoid all alcohol , including that found in cold medicines?

Why is it present?: Many different causes for cerebellar atrophy, but, in your age group, lf this is sporadic and not familial, there should be an energetic search for etiology, which could involve medications, occult tumors, and a variety of diseases, including ms, cadasil, arteritis, alcohol/nutritional, etc. ...Read more

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Cerebellum (Definition)

An area in the back of the brain that helps coordinate movement, speech, and eye movements. It has connections to the frontal lobes also and may play a role in helping you ...Read more