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Global Cerebral Atrophy
Shrinkage: A certain amount of atrophy occurs as we age. When atrophy is excessive or is very focused in a specific region of the brain it can indicate a neurodegenerative disorder. For example, in alzheimer's disease focal atrophy can sometimes be seen in the inner part of the temporal lobes (memory regions). In frontotemporal dementia the atrophy is in frontal and/or temporal lobes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Probably: There are more factors to consider such as intensity of the insult, premorbid condition, etc. ...Read more
How can we improve the condition of the person who is 50+ and suffered from diffused cerebral atrophy? Can we make them self dependent once again?
Not serious: You have only mentioned a ct finding that we see commonly. I assume he is doing well otherwise and will continue to do so in the future, as long he/she has a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more
How can we make a 50 + person, self dependent who is suffered from diffused cerebral atrophy ? Do exercise and metal exercise help in this context?
Depends upon cause: As people age, brain size declines, but at your age, atrophy would be of concern. In some cases, atrophy is genetic associated with spinocerebellar degeneration. Toxic causes include recreational drugs and alcohol. Atrophy is a hallmark of dementias such as Alzheimers, Parkinson's, but also, a bad sign in MS. Treatment is directed toward cause and symptoms. No perfect approach. ...Read more
Not clear: This is a complicated situation. First of all, is the 25 weeks the gestational age, or the chronologic age? If the gestation was 25 wks and there is cerebral atrophy, there are still a range of outcomes. Even with being born severely early, and having abnormal findings on imaging of the brain, babies can grow up to have normal thinking and movement. I would do all you can for a good outcome. ...Read more
My son has generalized cerebral atrophy, and within a year he has had multiple issues. Is it likely his atrophy is progressive? He is 1 year old.
Hard to say: The GCA is more a description than a diagnosis. It could relate to a specific one time event and as such not "progress" but at that age, the outcome is worrisome. If an adult suffers an event, you know soon what functions you loose.With a small kid, you don't know what functions are lost until they don't develop, so the effect seems worse.Some conditions producing GCA do progress ...Read more
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