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Cerebellar Degeneration Prognosis
Ataxia: Cerebellar degneration means that the part of the brain that controlls coordination and balance is losing cells and likely getting smaller. Ataxia is the clumsiness, imbalance, slurred speech and/or abnormal eye movements that can accompany cerebellar degeneration. A paraneoplastic cerebellar syndrome is when the body's immune response to cancer somewhere else damages the cerebellum "by mistake". ...Read more
Illness family: This is a group of thankfully-uncommon illnesses, almost all of them genetic, in which the principal cells of the cerebellar cortex die off over time. Generalized lack of coordination results. One is treatable with big doses of vitamin E but this does not touch the rest. The other entity to rule out is remote effects of a small lung cancer. Good luck. ...Read more
Progressive disorder: Genetic and familial conditions can lead to a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum and brainstem structures. There are many different types. Multiple sclerosis can also cause progressive balance problems that can mimic degenerative disease. Tumors can also mimic degenerative disease. A quality MRI and good neurological evaluation is necessary. ...Read more
Myelopathy?: Cervical myelopathy means the symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord from stenosis or disc herniations. This can be reversible with intervention such as surgery. However, without treatment is typically does tend to progress with weakness, numbness, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Special case: In people who have drunk a lot of alcohol, the upper half of the middle ("vermis") of the cerebellum shrinks ("superior vermal atrophy"), telling the radiologist or pathologist about alcohol use. Beyond contributing some to the overall clumsiness and perhaps personality problems of longtime heavy drinkers, this is not really an entity in itself. ...Read more
See Below: Dry (nonexudative) age-related macular degeneration (amd) is treated with areds (age-related eye disase study) vitamins. Wet (exudative) amd is treated with ocular injections (intravitreal avastin, lucentis, (ranibizumab) or eylea). See a retina specialist. There are no cures right now. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Frequent in elderly: There are a few rare macular degeneration (md) cases in the young but most md is in the elderly. Vision changes can be from minor to severe depending upon the individual. The frequency increases with age up to about 17% affected in those over age 90. If you or a family member/friend has this problem, they should see a retinal specialist for evaluation and possible treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Little to offer: There is one uncommon form of cerebellar degeneration that is kept at bay by very large doses of vitamin e. A b-complex with c vitamin is sometimes given to anyone with brain disease. Beyond this, the primary cerebellar degenerations are progressive and incurable (the only real mimic is paraneoplastic cd). Love those around you & be sure they know of your wishes and needs. ...Read more
S+s of end stage primary brain cancer, (aa iii) r medial temporal lobe, diffuse numerous cells. Growing!/brainstem and posterior temp./basal ganglia?
Ask for more info: Signs and symptoms can vary greatly with any 'end-stage' cancer. Things like if it has spread to other organs, impacting functional status and alertness (sleeping more, in bed most of the time), causing pain/seizures, and so on. His doctors can maybe determine what is most likely. If not involved already ask for hospice or palliative care help as they could also help answer what the s/s might be. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is diffuse degenerative endplate changes wth extensive multi level disc osteophyte disease /implication ?
Variable: It depends on the underlying cause. If it is a progressive cause then the prognosis is poor. ...Read more
Mri results. Degenerative disc disease with spinal stenosis 3 bulging discs 2mml 5 mml and 7mml on left forminial 3 bone spurs annular tear debilitati?
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
Borderline inferior cerebellar ectopia present, the cerebellar tonsils demonstrate mild
inferior herniation, measuring 4 mm sagittal sequence, means?
It most likely: doesn't mean anything. If that is the only finding, and the tonsils are otherwise normally shaped, some use less than 5mm as the normal range, so by that criteria 4mm would be normal. Others call 3-5mm benign tonsillar ectopia, an incidental asymptomatic finding. Most consider greater than 5mm to be abnormal(Chiari 1 malformation). The measurement is from the skull base to the tonsil tip. ...Read more
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