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Can diabetes cause chronic microvascular ischemic change in brain?

Can diabetes cause chronic microvascular ischemic change in brain?

Yes: It along with hypertension (high blood pressure) are the most common causes of chronic microvascular changes. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 42 yr old female to have chronic microvascular ischemic changes of the brain & what could be the cause? History chronic muscle pn

Is it normal for a 42 yr old female to have chronic microvascular ischemic changes of the brain & what could be the cause? History chronic muscle pn

Brain: My opinion on chronic microvascular changes...Most important is how bad. Sometimes there are a few small speckles seen in people with migraines that are definitely not worrisome. Otherwise risk factors for this are: smoking, high bp/cholesterol, diabetes, drug use, and genetics...Among other rare causes. My biggest recs would be to work on any changeable things like some of these. ...Read more

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Hello dr, I had a MRI of my brain. It came back as slight chronic microvascular ischemic changes. What does that mean? Also what does a air cell mean?

Hello dr, I had a MRI of my brain. It came back as slight chronic microvascular ischemic changes. What does that mean? Also what does a air cell mean?

Aging changes: As we get older, arteries harden and we see small vessel changes in the brain due to aging. They simply mean the brain doesn't work as well as it did when we are young and mostly attest to our slowly diminishing function. These are microvascular ischemic changes. You probably don't notice these changes. Air cells are bony areas of the skull with air spaces in them- normal. ...Read more

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Do symptoms with microvascular ischemic disease of brain return once they are gone?

Do symptoms with microvascular ischemic disease of brain return once they are gone?

Can return: Ischemic microvascular of the brain is usually a radiologic description of certain findings on ct or mri. These findings are typically seen in pts. With poorly controlled hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus. Symptoms can return/worsen if the underlying risk factors are not addressed. Though the imaging abnormalites rarely return to normal, treatment can prevent progression. ...Read more

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Diagnose of microvascular ischemic dissease in brain. Symptoms are now gone will they possibly return?

Diagnose of microvascular ischemic  dissease in brain.  Symptoms are now gone will they possibly return?

Can return: Ischemic microvascular of the brain is usually a radiologic description of certain findings on ct or mri. These findings are typically seen in pts. With poorly controlled hypertension and/or diabetes mellitus. Symptoms can return/worsen if the underlying risk factors are not addressed. Though the imaging abnormalites rarely return to normal, treatment can prevent progression. ...Read more

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I'm a diabetic and my MRI shows chronic microvascular ischaemic changes. What is this and what are the symptoms. I have recently have memory problems

I'm a diabetic and my MRI shows chronic microvascular ischaemic changes. What is this and what are the symptoms. I have recently have memory problems

Brain MRI right?: On brain MRI your radiology physician saw small signal abnormalities that he or she thought were related to ischemia. These are not uncommon in older patients. What would be good to know is your age and the quantity of the disease that was seen on mr. Your ordering physician will want to put these 2 pieces of information together and talk to you about controlling risk factors to minimize brain dz. ...Read more

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What is meant by diffuse chronic ischaemic changes to the brain?

What is meant by diffuse chronic ischaemic changes to the brain?

Small artery Disease: Diffuse chronic ischemic changes in the brain are often reported on MRI scans of those over 50. Diffuse: scattered through the brain. Chronic: it's been there awhile. Ischemic: not enough blood. Neuroscientists believe this is small arteries not supplying enough blood in tiny areas of brain. Some tiny brain areas stop working w/o adequate blood supply; this is seen as white dots/spots on MRI ...Read more

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What is chronic periventricular white matter microvascular ischemic disease?

What is chronic periventricular white matter microvascular ischemic disease?

Patchy insulation: Chronic means this process has been going on for years in the brain. White matter is the part of the brain where the "communication cables" are, and they are "white" because of myelin insulation. The ventricles are fluid-filled "shock absorber" spaces inside the brain. Ischemic means they have been deprived oxygen, microvascular means in tiny blood vessels. Mini-stroke strips off some insulation. ...Read more

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My MRI report says I have chronic microvascular ischemic disease with scattered lacunar infarcts. Could you explain what this means, please?

Small brain infarcts: Hi, according to your report, your MRI shows abnormalities in your brain that were felt to relate to small areas of damaged neural (brain) tissue. Damage caused by "ischemia" or insufficient oxygen/blood supply. "chronic" refers to a longstanding process versus "acute" which would indicate a recent brain injury. It could be important to quantify the degree of disease: mild, moderate, or severe. ...Read more

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