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Doctor insights on: Tests For Diffuse Cerebral Atrophy

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Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Diagnosed w/cerebellar atrophy from  MRI due to balance/memory issues.What tests can I expect next, and what are they looking for?44yr.Old non-drinker

Differential for CA: The differential diagnosis of later onset cerebellar atrophy can be hereditary, acquired, or degenerative. The acquired forms can be arrested or even treated and thus should be investigated. The investigation usually includes blood and possibly 24 hour urine evaluation. Sometimes the blood work is sent off to a specialty lab especially when the hereditary/paraneoplastic forms are being sought. ...Read more

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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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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My daughter have a vsd, chd problem with a gdd, epilepsy & difuse cerebral atrophy with siezure. What must I do to avoid the attack of her siezure?

My daughter have a vsd, chd problem with a gdd, epilepsy & difuse cerebral atrophy with siezure. What must I do to avoid the attack of her siezure?

Ask Neurologist: This is a complex situation. The vsd should not play a role in the brain or seizure issues. I would assume that the child is on anti-seizure medication. Make sure that this is taken regularly and there is regular follow-up with whomever is managing the seizures. It can be a very frustrating situation as you describe it. I'm not sure you can completely 'avoid' a seizure. ...Read more

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My mother is suffered from glaucoma and diffused cerebral atrophy. Should i go for the glaucoma surgery? How can I improve her condition? Plz suggest.

My mother is suffered from glaucoma and diffused cerebral atrophy. Should i go for the glaucoma surgery? How can I improve her condition? Plz suggest.

Listen to your MD: If her ophthalmologist is recommending glaucoma surgery, then the other options for controlling her condition - medications and laser treatment - must not be completely effective in her case. Poor vision can worsen the symptoms of dementia or cerebral atrophy. Glaucoma inadequately treated can result in complete blindness. Coordinate care with her geriatrician and/or neurologist. ...Read more

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If MRI report shows diffused cerebral atrophy does it mean it has been spread to the whole brain how can a patient recover from it ?

If MRI report shows diffused cerebral atrophy does it mean it has been spread to the whole brain how can a patient recover from it ?

Treat person not MRI: Cerebral atrophy simply describes the appearance of the brain on imaging studies. It does not imply anything about cause, effect, treatment. It is up to your doctor to determine whether the atrophy is age-appropriate, if it is causing symptoms, and ultimately if treatment is needed. Atrophy, once identified, is not reversible. One can't undergo treatment to make the brain appear less atrophied. ...Read more

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My mother's MRI reveals that she has diffuse cerebral atrophy with mild hydrocephalus.Is there any treatment and medication to cure it?

My mother's MRI reveals that she has diffuse cerebral atrophy with mild hydrocephalus.Is there any treatment and medication to cure it?

Further work up.: Cerebral atrophy occurs as part of the normal aging process and there is no treatment for this MRI finding. As part of aging, the ventricles may enlarge. However, hydrocephalus is not a normal radiographic finding. A consultation with a neurologist to determine if your mother has any symptoms of normal pressure hydrocephalus would be a reasonable next step. ...Read more

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My father 70 yrs. Cabg 1999. Hypertensive and dm -good control diffuse cerebellar and cerebral atrophy & microvascular ischemic disorder - treatment?

My father 70 yrs. Cabg 1999. Hypertensive and dm -good control
  diffuse cerebellar and cerebral atrophy & microvascular ischemic disorder - treatment?

No cure: The changes you describe are typical ct changes of most people over age 60 with dm and htn. There's nothing that will reverse those changes. To slow progression which is as inexorable as aging, keep the BP and cholesterol under meticulous control. Control of dm is important for other reasons but may not slow the vasular changes. Of course, no smoking. Good diet and regular exercise also help. ...Read more