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