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What Do Spots On The Brain Mean
Variety: "Spots" usually describes white matter lesions, which may be due to aging, prior head injury, smoking, high blood pressure, hardening of arteries, migraine, even multiple sclerosis. In other words, does it correlate with your symptoms prompting the study. Ask the doctor who ordered the study. ...Read more
What does white spots on the brain mean? I am having memory loss, equilibrium, and cognitive problems
We don't know: You are probably referring to non-specific white matter lesions seen on MRI of your brain. We actually do not have a clear understanding of what these or what they mean. They are loosely associated with stroke and dementia. However, at 38 years of age I would not think your white spots are cause of your symptoms and am surprised you have them. They could be serious. Please get them checked out. ...Read more
What might white spots on the brain mean? Mom had them, Alzheimer's free, horrible memory. My memory failing, not alzheimers, tests neg. But have fibro
Many things: It depends on where the "white spots" were seen and how they were sure that she was alzeimer's free (did they do a brain biopsy?). While fibromyalgia is a central pain disorder (disorder of the brain), it is not associated with any pathological tissue disorder, but rather persistent sensations of pain in the brain (cause unknown). ...Read more
Recently had an MRI on my brain and I was told I had "white dots/spots" in my mri. I'm 24yo and would like to know what that could possibly mean plznty?
How white, grey or black signal on an MRI scan is interpreted depends on the type of sequence that spot appears in. So without knowing the sequence, I can only guess.
If these are scattered black dots they could represent small foci of old hemorrhage or iron deposition. If it is a bigger spot it could represent a fluid collection. I really would have to see the images to give you an answer. ...Read more
My father has swelling of the brain with fluid as well as quarter size spots all over his brain. What does it mean?
Metastases brain: It appears your father may have metastases to the brain, please get checked with your doctor asap. ...Read more
Do white spots on skin mean its cancer. I have eczema and a past history of cancer. I had a brain tumor in 1984. And I have very dry skin.
Perhaps no signific.: "spots" are not uncommonly seen when an MRI is done, and usually these incidental white matter lesions are signs of prior migraine headaches or head injuries. These could be consistent with disease such as a stroke or multiple sclerosis, but these latter do have specific patterns and characteristics. A solitary lesion without clinical correlation is not an item to worry about. ...Read more
Unknown: Mri images are typically black, white and grey. If you had a functional MRI it is possible to see some colors on some of the images. ...Read more
They have found a large black spot on the back of my brain and said I had a decrease in csf. What can this mean! Please help I can send pic.?
1000 words: Pictures are worth a thousand words as the saying goes. Your question cannot be answered absent viewing of the images which inspired your question. ...Read more
Highly doubtful: If there was a tumor in your brain or any other brain problem causing your symptoms, I would expect the symptoms to be there all the time. ...Read more
Very non-specific: I presume you are referring to white spot seen on a MRI brain scan. It is always important to review the scan results with your doctor who originally ordered the scan to discuss the clinical significance or often times insignificance of the radiologic finding. In general, if someone has risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, or high cholesterol, not controlled, then MRI can show white spots. ...Read more
?????: Do you mean outside the skull or inside the skull? Is this something you can feel on the side of your head? Because you said "frontal lobe, " but the frontal lobe is on the other side of some tough bone. If you mean actually in the brain, you'll have to explain "soft spot, " because the living brain has roughly the consistency of raw egg yolk. It's ALL soft. Please repost with clearer wording. ...Read more
? MRI report: Presume you had an MRI, and radiologist noted lesions in brain white matter. Generically, these can be due to smoking, hypertension, hardening of small arteries, aging, prior head injury, migraine, arteritis/ vasculitis, and multiple sclerosis, amongst the more common causes ...Read more
NOT FULLY: Problem with this finding is it's often nonspecific, and may or may not correlate with clinical findings. Ris is term for ms found on MRI without history. Leukoariosis can be found with migraines, hardening of the arteries, prior trauma, arteritis or vasculitis, or merely associated with aging. Such spots can be seen in genetic disorders, such as cadasil. Does one of the topics match you? ...Read more
Need more info:
"spots" can mean a lot of things. Most commonly, there are small areas of increased signal on t2 or flair MRI sequences which generally represent small "scars" or gliosis. It is not unusual to have 1 of these areas for every 10 years of age, so a 50 year old person could have 5-6 and be considered normal.
However, the spots you mean could be something completely different. Ask your doctor. ...Read more
Multiple sclerosis: Many diseases can cause "white spots" to appear on the MRI imaging studies of the brain and spine. Multiple sclerosis is one of the most common conditions. Strokes, cancer, infection, and some other rare neurological disorders can also cause similar issues. Sometimes further physical examination, blood work, and a spinal fluid tap may be necessary to get a diagnosis. ...Read more
Spots nonspecific: At your age, spots may be consistent with microvascular angiopathy, a sign of vascular atherosclerosis or even small strokes, which may be a focus for your seizures, but such lesions may be due to migraine, head injury, multiple sclerosis, and may have little to do with current seizures. Talk to your doc, as may need a medicine to protect against stroke. ...Read more
Nonspecific: Scattered white spots confined to the white matter of the brain are fairly common and not specific for a certain disease. White spots in a person less than 50 yrs. Old, however, are usually abnormal and may be seen with multiple sclerosis among many other entities. As one ages, these are more likely due to tiny arterial blockages and are fairly common in people over 70 yrs. Old. ...Read more
My daughter just had an MRI with 3 small nonspecific white spots on the brain. But no other syms of ms. She had numbness in legs but was due to hern. Disc shown on lower MRI?
Nonspecific: Small bright spots are frequently seen on MRI of the brain, increasing with age. Sometimes there are features that are suggestive of demyelinating disease (ms), but otherwise they are usually considered nonspecific. Anything that affects the tiny blood vessels in the brain can cause these bright spots (e.g., migraines, diabetes, hypertension, vasculitis). See a neurologist if you are worried. ...Read more
Iam a 44 year old female, I recently had a MRI done and it showed 12 white spots on the brain, I have nerve damage in both arms, what could this be?
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. ...Read more
My dr ordered a m r i, found 20 white spots on my brain, he says its m s u think its what it is, ?
Not necessarily: If you have history of migraine, head injury, high blood pressure or merely taking a variety of meds, could be better answer (eg, microvascular angioplasty). Ms is best diagnosed based on history and physical exam. The MRI is used for confirmation and treatment decisions in part. Get neurological consultation. ...Read more
In 97/98 I was diagnosed w/prob M.S. by 3 dif. Dr.'s I had multiple symp M.R.I done & was told I have 2 spots on brain stem, my mem/mgrns r worse, what do I do?
See below: You probably have multiple sclerosis, and you need to be taking a potent oral agent, or even tysabri (natalizumab). Get updated mri's of both neck and brain, spinal fluid if doc unsure, and compare with prior films. N.B., migraine and ms are co-morbidities, and the memory loss is a sign of increased burden of disease. Do not wait, get all of this addressed. ...Read more
What further testing is done to find out what caused white spots to show up on the brain when an MRI was done?
I had white spots show up on my brain scan. I suffer from migraines and have had syncope episodes x3. Is this bad? Prognosis?
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