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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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Mild to moderate cerebellar vermian atrophy in 51 year old female. Recent history of unsteadiness, falls and connective tissue disorder?

Mild to moderate cerebellar vermian atrophy in 51 year old female. Recent history of unsteadiness, falls and connective tissue disorder?

Comments: A common cause of cerebellar vermin atrophy is history of alcohol nutritional occurrence, and this variety might respond to thiamine 50-100 mg daily. Your imbalance is likely secondary to this. Connective tissue disease may be an underlying cause, but this will require further investigation to pin down. Physical therapy gait training may well help your unsteadiness. Ankle weights often aide. ...Read more

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What are the effects of atrophy of cerebellum?

What are the effects of atrophy of cerebellum?

Variable: Sometimes, atrophy of the cerebellum causes no symptoms! The tendency is that symptoms affect coordination. This may be most noticeable with walking, using the arms, or with speaking of swallowing. Eye movements may sometimes be affected also. ...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?

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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What is progressive neuro-degenerative disease or any neuro-degenerative or atrophy cerebellar diseases or mental diseases?

What is progressive neuro-degenerative disease or any neuro-degenerative or atrophy cerebellar diseases or mental diseases?

Example: Neurodegenerative illnesses that affect the cerebellum may be the different forms of multiple system atrophy, such as OPCA.

Other neurodegenerative illnesses (that do not affect the cerebellum) include Alzheimers, Parkinsons, and ALS. ...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?

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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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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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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My father is 69 and is diagnosed with mild cerebellum and cerebral atrophy. Please suggest the precautions and medications?

Fall and balance: Loss of balance and falls are major risk with cerebellum degeneration. Get his gait evaluated by neurologists and physical therapy expert. Get a Walker to prevent falls. ...Read more

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Doctor, my grand mom is 80 she is suffering from cerebral & cerebellar atrophic. What tretment should be taken.?

Enjoy life.: Atrophy is a term which generally means age related loss of substance. There is no specific treatment but to optimize diet, exercise and sleep with an eye to maximizing function and enjoyment of her remaining years. ...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

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I'm 58 m. Brain MRI shows profound cerebellar atrophy. I don't have any balance issues. Have had lifelong depression, anxiety. Can this remain as is?

Depends upon where: Certain areas of the cerebellum are responsible for various functions such as synergy in movement, equilibrium, and balance. Alcohol has a predilection for the vermis (midline cerebellar structure) which primarily effects balance (tandem gait done during dui testing).

It can remain stagnant and it is even possible you were born with the "atrophy."

please see your neurologist for a work-up. ...Read more

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Pls comment regarding ventricles (dysmorphic?)and cerebellar tonsils (borderline Chiari?).Frontal lobe atrophy? MRI images in profile.

Pls comment regarding ventricles (dysmorphic?)and cerebellar tonsils (borderline Chiari?).Frontal lobe atrophy? MRI images in profile.

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New neurologist look at MRI scans, says left cerebellar atrophy old, foetal type posterior communicat artery and hypoplastic rva to pica. I am lost now?

No: I saw an autopsy of a pt who had a congenitally absent cerebellum which was an incidental finding --no ax and unrelated to pts death. ...Read more

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My father 70 yrs. Cabg 1999. Hypertensive and dm -good control diffuse cerebellar and cerebral atrophy & microvascular ischemic disorder - treatment?

No cure: The changes you describe are typical ct changes of most people over age 60 with dm and htn. There's nothing that will reverse those changes. To slow progression which is as inexorable as aging, keep the BP and cholesterol under meticulous control. Control of dm is important for other reasons but may not slow the vasular changes. Of course, no smoking. Good diet and regular exercise also help. ...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