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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Brain Atrophy

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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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Can you tell me about brain atrophy?

Can you tell me about brain atrophy?

Many causes: The many causes of cerebral atrophy include aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebral palsy, Pick's disease, Huntington's disease, leukodystrophies, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anorexia, malnutrition, type II diabetes, and inflammation of the brain from encephalitis, AIDS, or neurosyphilis. Ref: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/cerebral_atrophy/cerebral_atrophy.htm ...Read more

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What are the causes of brain atrophy?

What are the causes of brain atrophy?

Age : Brain atrophy is common in the elderly population. If the atrophy is pronounced may be secondary to dementia. It is not specific of any particular condition. ...Read more

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What are the medications for brain atrophy?

What are the medications for brain atrophy?

Symptomatic: Most cases of brain atrophy are due to neurodegenerative disease, which are irreversible. Certain medications may reduce symptoms but not reverse atrophy. Atrophy can be reversed in cases of alcohol abuse, vitamin deficiency, syphilis if proper treatment is provided. ...Read more

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Can brain atrophy be normal in a 42 year old?

Can brain atrophy be normal in a 42 year old?

No: Our brains shrink as we age from 30 to 90, but this is due cell size reducing. The term "atrophy", if used correctly, means the degree of shrinkage is more than normal for age. This is generally an imaging term, like from MRI data. Atrophy can then be graded mild, moderate or severe and given regional specificity (e.g. Global v. Medial temporal). This then means a loss of brain cells. ...Read more

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If I have mild brain atrophy, what could be the cause?

If I have mild brain atrophy, what could be the cause?

Age: Assuming atrophy is global - or at least non focal - the most likely cause is age related change. ...Read more

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What diseases are associated with some kind of brain atrophy?

What diseases are associated with some kind of brain atrophy?

Many causes: Atrophy or shrinking of the brain, can be seen with many conditions, including dementias, such as alzheimer's, chronic multiple sclerosis, nutritional and alcohol issues, and sometimes even misleading, as in cases of severe dehydration, which can be reversible. Minor atrophy is invariably associated with aging. ...Read more

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Are there any cures or treatments for brain atrophy?

Are there any cures or treatments for brain atrophy?

Brain atrophy: No, this is a chronic brain deterioration. ...Read more

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What is the extent of brain atrophy associated with alcohol abusers?

What is the extent of brain atrophy associated with alcohol abusers?

It depends: This depends on the amount of alcohol used, frequency of use, and period of time involved. Also important are other accompanying diseases the alcoholic might have, such as liver dysfunction. Frontal cortex atrophy is frequently seen, and impacts judgment and executive cognitive function. In long term alcohol abuse, one can see cerebellar atrophy also -- leading to uncoordinated movements. ...Read more

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more