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Doctor insights on: Global Cerebral Atrophy

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What is cerebral atrophy?

What is 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 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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What is mild generalized cerebral atrophy? What causes it?

What is mild generalized cerebral atrophy? What causes it?

? concern: Do you at age 38, have cerebral atrophy? Would get this checked out ASAP. Seen with aging, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, repetitive brain injury, and variety of other problems. If this is YOU, see a neurologist, as you need help!! ...Read more

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What is best medicine for treating cerebral atrophy?

What is best medicine for treating cerebral atrophy?

Cerebral atrophy: Risk reduction through lowering blood pressure, using antioxidants, & staying active & eating well balanced diet. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is best medicine for cerebral atrophy?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is best medicine for cerebral atrophy?

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

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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?

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

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What would cause cerebral atrophy in my 5 yr girl. What is the long term affect on her?

Different things: There are several different things that can result in loss of cerebral volume or atrophy in the pediatric age group. One group of problems are referred to as LEUKOencephalopathies. These are caused by genetic errors & are inherited. Infections, strokes, & trauma are other reasons for brain atrophy Long term effects for white matter illnesses are not great compared to the other causes which vary. ...Read more

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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.

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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My mom was told she has cerebral atrophy, What is this?

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My mom was told she has cerebral atrophy, What is this?

Cerebral atrophy: Shrinkage of brain tissue with aging, termed Dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Some causes are; Injury such as Stroke, Disorders such as Epilepsy or MS, Infections such as Encephalitis. ...Read more