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What is white matter in the brain?

What is white matter in the brain?

Brain white matter: "white matter" refers to the nerve fibers that facilitate communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. White matter is below the surface layer of the brain, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards.

White Matter (Definition)

White matter is one of the two components of the central nervous system and consists of glial cells and myelinated axons that transmit signals from one region of the cerebrum to another and between the cerebrum and lower brain centers. White matter tissue of the freshly cut brain appears pinkish white to the naked eye because myelin is composed largely of lipid ...Read more


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What is deep white matter in the brain?

What is deep white matter in the brain?

I'll Try: You know that Hannibal movie where the guy's head was open you see brain hat you see is the grey matter. If you cut deep into a person's brain it looks more white, hence, the white matter. The fancy explanation, grey matter are the cell bodies and white matter are the axons (nerve wires). Your brain is arranged in a way where it just so happens to appear the way you see.? W

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What causes extra white matter in the brain?

What causes extra white matter in the brain?

Depends on age: Some people have a higher white/gray matter ratio than others. That being said, some disorders show up as white areas on cerebral tissue; discuss with your neurologist.

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Can you please explain blurring between gray and white matter in the brain?

Can you please explain blurring between gray and white matter in the brain?

Blurring: Bluring relates to the brain image on cat scan or mri. It is usually caused by edema (swelling) or damage, causing an accumulation of fluid in the area, so the the gray matter, where nerve cell bodies are located. The white matter contains the nerve fibers that travel throughout the brain.

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What would cause loss of white matter in the brain in 3 years time? I have comparison pics in my profile

What would cause loss of white matter in the brain in 3 years time? I have comparison pics in my profile

GENERIC RESPONSE: Loss of "white matter" could be associated with multiple brain lesions, such as MS, vasculitis, CADASIL, but also may be due to solvent exposure, glue sniffing, and best that we review your films to give you a more precise answer. Also, useful, is description of your symptoms. Maybe better using inbox consult.

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Can ischemic small vessel disease cause gliosis? How would ischemic small vessel disease be treated in a minimal area of white matter in the brain?

Can ischemic small vessel disease cause gliosis? How would ischemic small vessel disease be treated in a minimal area of white matter in the brain?

Yes.: White matter changes frequently seen on brain MRI are the result of chronic small vessel ischemic disaease and it is the resulting small focus of gliosis that shows on the MRI imaging. Treating your underlying cardiovascular heath is key, not the MRI finding.

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What disease would be indicated if a CT scan showed a reduction of grey and white matter in the brain?

What disease would be indicated if a CT scan showed a reduction of grey and white matter in the brain?

Long list.: See brain atrophy at rightdiagnosis. Com. Discuss concerns with your doctor and a neurologist.

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What kind of activities stimulate gray matter in the brain? What about white matter?

What kind of activities stimulate gray matter in the brain? What about white matter?

Life and effort: There is no actual need for costly and elaborate programs to improve brain capacity (presuming non-disease state). Pay attention to what is around you. Think about it. Analyze it. Dig through the endless resources of the internet. Challenge yourself with new ideas and examine your beliefs. Have intelligent conversations. Intentionally vary your activity. Get physical exercise. Live fully!

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What does it mean when the Grey matter in the brain is leaking into the white matter of the brain? And what kind of effects can it have?

What does it mean when the Grey matter in the brain is leaking into the white matter of the brain? And what kind of effects can it have?

Which planet we on?: Here on Earth there are no human beings who leak Grey matter into white matter. Do you have a report of some sort that you're looking at & trying to interpret? The only thing I can think of that would have any remote significance to what you're saying is called "heterotopia" which refers to islands of gray matter within white matter territory. Seizures are known to occur as a main manifestation.

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What is white matter on the brain used for?

What is white matter on the brain used for?

White matter: "white matter" refers to the nerve fibers that facilitate communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. White matter is below the surface layer of the brain, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards.

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What is the white matter of the brain used for?

What is the white matter of the brain used for?

Communication: "white matter" refers to the nerve fibers that allow communication between nerve cells -- along with myelin, a fatty sheath that covers the them. Nerve cell bodies are "gray matter." white matter is below the brain's surface layer, and can be followed all the way down the spinal cord. Strokes can injure these areas; some people have cognitive changes as well as physical symptoms afterwards.

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What happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

What happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

? WHITE MATTER LESION: Am unclear if you are asking about MRI white matter spots, but if that is the case, perhaps there is a question of ms. But these spots could be due to other causes such as migraine, prior head trauma, medicine reactions, prior brain infections, etc. Ask more information from your physician.

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What is white matter of the brain and what is grey matter?

What is white matter of the brain and what is grey matter?

White & gray matter: The gray matter in the brain is nerve cell bodies; white matter is the fibers that grow from them. These fibers also have a sheath covering them called "myelin" which is also part of white matter. If white matter is damaged in some way -- by stroke, inflammation, or disease like ms -- it shows up on MRI scans. Gray matter can be damaged also.

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What is grey matter and white matter in your brain?

What is grey matter and white matter in your brain?

Description: The central nervous system has white matter which transmits signals from one area of the brain to another (cerebrum and lower brain centers).Involved in how the brain learns. The gray matter is in areas of the brain that involve muscle control, sensory perception such as hearing, speech, vision, emotions and memory.

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Whay causes spots on white matter of the brain?

Whay causes spots on white matter of the brain?

Many causes: White matter lesions can be caused by a very wide range of things, ranging from toxic exposure to multiple sclerosis to hypertension to chronic migraines. A neurologist can help you put the imaging findings into perspective with the rest of your clinical picture, and guide further workup and treatment as needed.

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What can "white matter" changes in the brain mean?

What can "white matter" changes in the brain mean?

High blood pressure: White matter changes are due to small strokes in the white matter tissue which most often occur with continuous high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Controlling your risk factors can help to prevent/reduce future occurrences.

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Can doctors tell me what does white matter on the brain mean?

See below: The brain is composed of white and gray matters. Gray matter is where the higher brain functions take place and the white matter usually transmits those functions. I believe you're refering to white matter changes seen on MRI or ct. These are nonspecific & may be seen with chronic small vessel changes from diabetes or hypertension or from multiple sclerosis or other problems.

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Mr of the brain showed foci of abnormal highh signal in deep white matter?

Mr of the brain showed foci of abnormal highh signal in deep white matter?

High signal MRI: This finding in MRI of brain is non-specific. Most of them are due to microvascular disease associated with high blood pressure and diabetes. Some due to old damage. Also can be seen in diseases such as multiple sclerosi. Your doctor will decide if he or she should go further base on your sign and symptoms.

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What is the difference between a non active white matter brain lesion and an active one?

What is the difference between a non active white matter brain lesion and an active one?

Contrast enhancement: Active white matter lesions tend to contrast enhance on MRI. Inactive lesions do not. You can see contrast enhancement on a contrasted CT scan but you cant see a lot of the MS plaques that are there without MRI sequences designed to identify MS plaques (FLAIR sequences and to a lesser extent T2 weighted images will reveal MS lesions that would escape detection otherwise.

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Does masturbation cause the white matter in brain reduces?

Does masturbation cause the white matter in brain reduces?

Yes, in time...: If masturbation becomes a compulsion of life, it overdrives the pleasure-seeking cerebral cortex in time leading to its suppression and shrinkage. More detail on its related subjects? Go to http://www. Lifeissues. Net/writers/hil/hil_01brain. Html. Besides, treat compulsive masturbation as a drug addiction from overindulgence and obsession as elaborated in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter05.html.

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