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Mild Cerebral Cortical Atrophy
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
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
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
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
Father was under cabg. He seems weak and just sleeps. His brain MRI report:bilateral cortical atrophy at cerebral hemispheres, multifocal highsignal foci?
Indeterminate is a phrase used to describe uncertainty. In this case cortical atrophy was determined upon brain imaging- CT or MRI. The description refers to the finding not the cause; ie indeterminate. Often there is a pattern that is found and a differential diagnosis may be offered as to a cause.
The physican ordering the test may have an idea of the cause ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
On a CT scan it showed moderate cortical atrophy of my kidneys, positive ANA test, nephrologist said the Sono was ok. Should I have further testing?
Is nephrologist good: If the nephrologist is good to go with the results of the tests and what needs to be done then, I would say follow his/her lead. My guess is you've done plenty of tests....time to let your doctors analyze all the tests and come up with a good plan. ...Read more
Mri of brain revealed mild cortical atrophic changes. I understand age can be a reason, but I'm 41. My memory isn't great. What does this mean?
Abnormal MRI: It is unusual for a young woman to have atrophic changes on a brain mri. I see you have had more than one episode of head trauma, so it would be a good idea to have a neurologist look at the MRI and evaluate you in person. There are other studies that can be done to assess for a brain problem, including eeg, spinal fluid analysis, pet scan, and blood tests. ...Read more
Find the cause: Many conditions, in addition to aging (which normally is accompanied by mild cortical atrophy) can lead to this. This includes neurodegenerative conditions, nutritional deficiency, alcoholism, chronic oxygen deficiency, remote effect of cancer, genetic predisposition. See a neurologist. ...Read more
My CT scan result is mild cortical atrophy what is the best medicine and treatment for this case?
Live Healthy: If you are hypertensive, make sure it is well controlled. If you are diabetic, keep it well controlled. Don't smoke! Smoking accelerates atherosclerotic changes of the arteries all over the body, including the brain. So does diabetes. The combination is worse than the sum of the parts. More than 2 drinks a day could also be deleterious to the brain. ...Read more
My grandmar is in the hospital. Her doctor just said something about us abdomen, echogenic kidney with cortical atrophy what is that?
Echogenic kidneys: Your grandmother must be quite old and she would have chronic kidney disease on the basis of her age, even with no hypertension. Depending on her age, I would not do any diagnostic tests, other than blood work to get an idea of what her BUN and creatinine are. The us findings are quite consistent of the findings of a women who should be in her 80's or 90's. ...Read more
Why does it mean that I have a mild atrophy of the right kindey with a mild diffuse cortical causing scarring?
Talk to your doc: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Slight prominence of cerebral gyri & sulci noted. May represent mild atrophy. Age 45. Is that normal?
"Normal"?: I assume you're reading from a brain CT or MRI report. You didn't just wander into an imaging center & make an impulse purchase. Right? Your Dr ordered the scan for a reason. The scan isn't the patient, YOU are. The ordering Dr who knows you is obligated to interpret the scan as "normal" or not IN YOUR CASE, as part of your overall clinical picture; or, if (s)he can't, to find someone who can. ...Read more
I am 56 year female patient. My CT report shows that mild cortical atrophic changes. If any problem?????
Probably not: Hi Denise952 I assume the CT was for other reasons, and the report included 'mild cortical atrophic changes'. The brain starts losing neurons in the late 20's, and by 56 all of us have lost millions!! I know, a little freaky!! So the brain really does shrink with age (just like teenagers have suspected!). The finding in your case is not strongly linked with any problem...but keep puzzling. ...Read more
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