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Doctor insights on: Diffuse Cerebral Cortical Atrophy

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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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What is cerebral cortical atrophy?

What is cerebral cortical atrophy?

Loss of brain cells: This is a finding on either a CT scan or MRI of the brain. It is commonly seen in the elderly and can be a normal finding as we age. We tend to lose neurons or brain cells as we get older. This process can be increased with certain disease states such as dementia, infection, or poor nutrition. Typically this finding is coupled with cognitive impairment such as decreased memory or behavior problems ...Read more

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Father was under cabg. He seems weak and just sleeps. His brain MRI report:bilateral cortical atrophy at cerebral hemispheres, multifocal highsignal foci?

Father was under cabg. He seems weak and just sleeps. His brain MRI report:bilateral cortical atrophy at cerebral hemispheres, multifocal highsignal foci?

Acute?: Atrophy is brain shrinkage and chronic. The high signal could be chronic (from genetics, blood pressure, diabetes, smoking - small vessel disease) or acute (strokes)... ...Read more

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What is a mild frontoparietal cortical atrophy near the vertex in the brain?

What is a mild frontoparietal cortical atrophy near the vertex in the brain?

Anatomy: This means that on an MRI or CT scan, the cortex of the brain in the frontal area and parietal area is thinner than the average person. The vertex means near the top of the head/brain.
If the person has neurologic symptoms that could be related to those areas of the brain, this could be the cause. It can also be an incidental finding. ...Read more

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What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

What is cortical atrophy of the kidney & cause?

Renal atrophy: Renal atrophy can happen to single or bilateral kidneys. First you need to consider whether it is due to congenital renal dysplasia. Uremia, Acute Glomerular Disease, Diabetic Nephrosclerosis, rejection reaction of kidney transplant, Chronic Glomerulonephritis, renal cortical necrosis, Alport Syndrome, acute renal tubular necrosis, Hypertensive Nephrosclerosis...etc. ...Read more

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What is benson's disease (posterior cortical atrophy) and its prognosis?

What is benson's disease (posterior cortical atrophy) and its prognosis?

Different Alzheimers: Posterior cortical atrophy also called benson's syndrome, is most usually considered to be an atypical variant of alzheimer's disease. The disease causes atrophy of the back part of the cerebral cortex, resulting in the progressive disruption of complex visual processing. As the disease progresses, word finding, day-to-day memory and general cognitive functions may become affected. ...Read more

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What is cortical atrophy? Is it from cmv?

What is cortical atrophy? Is it from cmv?

Damaged to kidney: If this is described on a transplant kidney biopsy, it means thinning or reduction in size of the functioning part of the kidney--the renal cortex. There are a lot of causes including aging, prior infections, drug toxicity, restricted blood flow, hypertension, rejections, etc. It could have been present in the donor kidney when transplanted. Chronic CMV infection can cause it, . ...Read more

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Is moderate generalized cortical atrophy part of the normal aging process? I am 62.

Is moderate generalized cortical atrophy part of the normal aging process? I am 62.

Cortical atrophy: Yes. The brain is like a muscle. If we don't use muscles, then they atrophy. Likewise with the brain we need to keep it stimulated with mental and physical exercises. Performing fine motor tasks or those that require significant focus increase brain function. Toxins such as tobacco and alcohol increase the rate of brain atrophy. Check out Lumosity. Com. ...Read more

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What is mild cortical atrophy?

What is mild cortical atrophy?

Brain shrink: Cerebral atrophy occurs naturally as you age and is usually an incidental finding on head ct. ...Read more

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Do you think I should worry about minor frontal cortical atrophy?

Do you think I should worry about minor frontal cortical atrophy?

See below: Brain atrophy should be uncommon in your age. Frontal atrophy may indicate a prior trauma, ie bad car accident or a direct hit. It may also indicate potential dementia, metabolic problems or simply dehydration. Talk to your dr and or a neurologist for further help. ...Read more

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Does posterior cortical atrophy progress into general dementia? Please, need some answers?

Does posterior cortical atrophy progress into general dementia? Please, need some answers?

Yes.: It is not known whether PCA is a variant of Alzheimer's or not as the symptoms are very similar. In PCA the atrophy starts in the back of the brain rather than a global atrophy. ...Read more

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I'AM A 41 YR OLDE BLACK FEMALE MY MRI SHOWED MILD FRONTAL CORTICAL ATROPHY WHAT CAUSES THIS N WHAT IS IT?

I'AM A 41 YR OLDE BLACK FEMALE MY MRI SHOWED MILD FRONTAL CORTICAL ATROPHY WHAT CAUSES THIS N WHAT IS IT?

Talk to your doctor: It is best to discuss your results with your doctor. The clinical significance of this result depends on your history & physical in conjunction with your presenting symptoms. There are a few causes of frontal cortical atrophy. I would be encouraged by the word "mild". Your doctor may decide to follow you with serial MRI's over time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I had a sonogram a year ago that showed mild degree of cortical atrophy seen bliaterally on kidneys with rt kidney 11.3x4.3x6.4 lf 10.8x5.4x5.4?

Those measurements: Seem ok. Please follow up with nephrologist to check your labs and correlate those with your ultrasound results. ...Read more

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CT done at ED shows 'bilateral cortical atrophy' I'm a 43 y/o F. What could cause this and why didn't the Dr bring this to my attention when found?

CT done at ED shows 'bilateral cortical atrophy' I'm a 43 y/o F. What could cause this and why didn't the Dr bring this to my attention when found?

See your doctor: Great question. ER doctors evaluate for acute problems such as intracranial hemorrhage or space occupying mass lesions. Once these life threatening conditions have been ruled out, your primary care physician can follow up on the evaluation and treatment of any chronic conditions. ...Read more

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My MRI it states "bilateral cortical atrophy, advanced for patient's age". I am now 50, and am female. My neurologist states my diagnosis as Pick's

My MRI it states "bilateral cortical atrophy, advanced for patient's age". I am now 50, and am female. My neurologist states my diagnosis as Pick's

Need Univ. Center: Pick disease should almost entirely affect only the frontal and temporal lobes, the yellow areas in the picture (http://brain. Oxfordjournals. Org/content/brain/130/4/1159.full. Pdf)
Saying "atrophy" is not good enough. Pts. Need the opinion of at least one University trained Neuroradiologist as well as a Neurologist who specializes in this particular disease.
If you have a specific? Please ask ...Read more

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I was looking over a CT scan that was done last year...it states "bilateral cortical atrophy, advanced for patient's age". I am now 43, and am female?

I was looking over a CT scan that was done last year...it states "bilateral cortical atrophy, advanced for patient's age". I am now 43, and am female?

Talk to your doctor: Your doctor may want to obtain an MRI of the brain. This shows more anatomic detail and your doctor can correlate this with your clinical exam. Avoid things known to be harmful to the brain such as alcohol and smoking and head injury. A thorough medical work up is indicated. Your doctor may also want to have you evaluated by a psychologist (neuropsych testing) for possible early dementia. ...Read more

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My father who is 62 years old is diagnosed with mild cerebral cortical atrophy after an MRI. What is its treatment and is it fatal.

None: Mild cerebral atrophy usually is a condition that arises from aging. There is no known treatment for this, it is not fatal. ...Read more

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54 yr f recent CT mult. Focal areas cortical atrophy rt kidney w/ intrarenal stones in both. History ic- chronic abd/bil flank burning x3wks, poss cause?

54 yr f recent CT mult. Focal areas cortical atrophy rt kidney w/ intrarenal stones in both. History ic- chronic abd/bil flank burning x3wks, poss cause?

Kidney stones: Stones can cause blood in urine and flank pain. Areas of atrophy may be related to older stones that may have passed. Need to see a kidney doctor (nephrologist) and a urologist. Primary hyperparathyroidism could is one cause that could present like this. Parathyroid levels need checked if no already done. ...Read more