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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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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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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

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Are there any treatments for cerebellar atrophy or msa (multi system atrophy)? Answer please!

Symptomatic therapy: Symptomatic therapy is available. Tremor is treated by long-term tranquilizer and via supportive devices. ...Read more

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What is considered fast progression in ataxia/cerebellar atrophy? Months? Years?

Usually slow process: Depends on underlying pathogenesis, and in some cases, contact with a toxin, such as alcohol may speed process over months. An occult cancer which causes a paraneoplastic antibody which attacks the cerebellar cells, can cause atrophy within a few months. Genetic problems occur over several years. Do see atrophy in poorly controlled ms, again over years. ...Read more

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If my cerebellar atrophy is only mild on MRI scan, then why do I have distinct symptoms while others with more atrophy can be asymptomatic?

2 reasons: First, size of lesion does not always correlate with signs or symptoms and, second, your signs and symptoms can be related to another disease process as well. Ask your doctor about these factors and good luck. ...Read more

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Mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy of uncertain nature in 24 yr old male doc said all looked normal/should be just fine and gave riboflavin?

Mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy of uncertain nature in 24 yr old male doc said all looked normal/should be just fine and gave riboflavin?

At your age: Might consider that there was some relative hypoxia during gestation or at labor and delivery. Unlikely this is an early presentation of genetic alzheimer's, and unless there is significant alcohol abuse or malnutrition, thiamine deficiency would also be unlikely. Some families exhibit various spinocerebellar degenerations, and a partial genetic expression may explain the atrophy. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan showing cortical and cerebellar atrophy with prominent sulci. A few months later, I had a CT & MRI and it came back normal. Thoughts?

I had a CT scan showing cortical and cerebellar atrophy with prominent sulci. A few months later, I had a CT & MRI and it came back normal. Thoughts?

Your age says 28, so: I doubt that you have brain atrophy. The radiologist for your first exam may have a low threshold for calling brain "atrophy" since it's so common in the elderly, but your age would need to be taken into account when making a report like that. Since the second report came back "normal", I would tend to agree with that one. If you have other concerns consider an HT Concierge visit. ...Read more

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Mri report-multiple old ischemic areas in the periventricular white matter bilaterally-cerebral and cerebellar atrophy. A- 72 yrs, w66kg serious? Sugge

Mri report-multiple old ischemic areas in the periventricular white matter bilaterally-cerebral and cerebellar atrophy. A- 72 yrs, w66kg serious? Sugge

Ischemic changes: Mri scans are sensitive for picking up signs of ischemia or old stroke. Sometimes, the patients may not have any symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms are subtle and the patients recover. The risks factors for these findings include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, alcohol use. The best treatment is to get these risk factors under control. Work with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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CT scan report findings: "Mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy." please suggest medication Age 78 years?

CT scan report findings: "Mild cerebral and cerebellar atrophy." please suggest medication Age 78 years?

Mild atrophy: At your age is common, age-related, and likely within the range of normal for 78. Like age-related changes everywhere else in the body, unfortunately there is no cure. ...Read more

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Mri-multiple old ischemic areas in periventricular white matter bilaterally-cerebral & cerebellar atrophy, a 72 y, w 65 kg, no ht, no sugar, serious?

Mri-multiple old ischemic areas in periventricular white matter bilaterally-cerebral & cerebellar atrophy, a 72 y, w 65 kg, no ht, no sugar, serious?

Probably not.: I find this to be a fairly common finding on mri's in your age group. Usually a sign of microvascular changes in the blood vessels. If you are having difficulty with cognition or other neurological symptoms then a neurological consult would be in order. Otherwise focus on keeping your cardiovascular risk factors low. There are a variety of supplements that can help you achieve these goals also. ...Read more

Prognosis (Definition)

The prognosis is the predicted outcome or "forecast" for a disease or process. It is only an estimate but is likely based on past experience or data taking into account the individual's overall health status. It may suggest progression of disease ...Read more


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