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MRI after fall showed global cerebral atrophy? Age 74. How serious is this?

MRI after fall showed global cerebral atrophy?  Age 74. How serious is this?

Unsure: First off, this has nothing to do with the fall. We all have atrophy of the brain as we age. Cannot tell you how significant it is without looking at the MRI itself. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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What is the expected prognosis for my baby of 25 weeks with cerebral atrophy?

What is the expected prognosis for my baby of 25 weeks with cerebral atrophy?

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

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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

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Please help! what is the treatment for cerebral atrophy?

Please help! what is the treatment for cerebral atrophy?

Cerebral atrophy: Cerebra; atropy is most commonly related to ageing, can occur after head trauma and some rare neurological disorders. While much research is being so nothing for reversing the illness or loss of brain. ...Read more

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

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

Likely congenital: There are numerous both congenital and genetic conditions, and unclear as to significance base upon your information. Suggest visit to pediatric neurologist or Concierge consult online with one of our pediatric experts. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment cerebral atrophy for a 1 year old?

What's the best treatment cerebral atrophy for a 1 year old?

Eval: Depends on whether the atrophy looks prenatal, normal brain otherwise. Work up for neuro developmental diseases...Deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, etc. ...Read more

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Does infantile spasm cause cerebral atrophy or it is the opposite way?

Does infantile spasm cause cerebral atrophy or it is the opposite way?

Both: Infantile spasm (west syndrome) has many causes. One cause of infantile spasm is cerebral atrophy. I imagine that the other causes of infantile spasm will also be associated with cerebral atrophy as a secondary effect. ...Read more

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Did the infantile spasm cause cerebral atrophy or the other way around?

Did the infantile spasm cause cerebral atrophy or the other way around?

Both: Infantile spasm (west syndrome) has many causes. One cause of infantile spasm is cerebral atrophy. I imagine that the other causes of infantile spasm will also be associated with cerebral atrophy as a secondary effect. ...Read more

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Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance ?

Recommend medicine or any surgery for cerebral atrophy due to genetic inheritance ?

No: You are most likely dealing with the genetic inheritance. You might want to ask your neurologist for advice but I am not aware of any medication for this ; surgery has no place in this condition. I must say that cerebral atrophy at your age is a bit unusual. ...Read more

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What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

What is the rate and likelihood of cerebral atrophy in vegetative state after brainstem stroke?

That's irrelevant: You're making a common layperson's mistake: You're confusing a correlative marker with the thing itself. The presence of cerebral atrophy either during life in imaging or pathologically after death tells you nothing by itself. What matters is how well a brain WORKS, not how it looks. It doesn't really matter how the brain of someone in PVS looks. What matters is the PVS. A fate worse than death. ...Read more

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