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What does global atrophy in a child mean ?

What does global atrophy in a child mean ?

Global Atrophy: Global atrophy refers to a diffuse loss of neurons or decrease in size of the neurons throughout the brain. In young children it is generally caused by metabolic, mitochondrial, or other genetic disorder. This will affect longterm development. Other causes of global atrophy are toxins, malnutrition, epilepsy, encephalomyopathies, or any number of severe infectious insults to the brain. ...Read more

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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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Global atrophy for 5 year old what is it? Had scan but have not been told what it is as doctor first said the result was clear! Please help worried

Depends on cause: Hi Lawrence242 global brain atrophy means that the overall size of the brain is smaller than normal. The significance depends on its severity,whether it is progressive and its cause. accordingly the effects on learning and functioning can range from very mild to severe. I strongly recommend you seek clarification from the physician who originally ordered the scan. Best wishes to you and your child ...Read more

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Ct scan showed global atrophic changes with increased extra axial fluid for a 5year old boy what does this mean?

Question?: Extra axial fluid is essentially CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) that is acting as a fluid cushion for the brain. Extra fluid is the face of atrophic changes makes sense - it needs to fill in more space to compensate. Discussing specifics of your child's case really needs to be done face to face with a pediatric neurologist who knows your child's symptoms and test results. ...Read more

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My nephew had a brain scan and came back with Global atrophy what does this mean he is 5 years old ?

My nephew had a brain scan  and came back with Global atrophy what does this mean he is 5 years old ?

Why ask here?: Unless it's different in Merrie Olde England from US your nephew's parents didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. The brain scan was ordered by a doctor for a reason your nephew saw the doctor & the scan was ordered why ? The ordering physician has responsibility to go over results with parents & explain them look at scan images ? what do they show. ...Read more

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How we can cure atrophic testes?

How we can cure atrophic testes?

See answer: Testicular atrophy, or shrinking of the testicles, can be due to a variety of causes, including: congenital abnormality, injury, prior infection (mumps), old age, medications (steroids, testosterone, chemotherapy), varicocele, etc. Most causes of testicular atrophy are irreversible unless medication is the cause in which case stopping the medication and restoring proper hormone balance may help. ...Read more

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Is an atrophic hole in your retina serious?

Is an atrophic hole in your retina serious?

Atrophic hole, No: An atrophic hole in the retina is usually not considered to be dangerous. A full thickness atrophic hole can be treated with laser to stabilize it if the surgeon feels that it is a threat and may progress to a detachment. If it progresses to a detachment, that is serious. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atrophic vaginalitis?

What are the symptoms of atrophic vaginalitis?

Several: You mean atrophic vaginitis.Symptoms include dryness, soreness, white malodorous discharge due to infection,painful intercourse. sometimes bleeding in post menopause. Estrogens are helpful. If you have these symptoms see a doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: atrophy?

What is the definition or description of: atrophy?

Thin skin: 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 contributing to more atrophy. ...Read more