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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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