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Doctor insights on: What Does White Matter In The Brain Mean

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

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. ...Read more

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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have white matter on the brain what does that mean. I also have a hearing loss on the left .

I have white matter on the brain what does that mean. I also have a hearing loss on the left .

Need exact wording: Everybody's brain has white matter ; tg since it is the necessary stuff to transmit signals from one part of the brain to another or the spinal cord or cranial nerves. I suspect the radiology report said something like, "white matter changes, diffusely seen, etc. Etc." it is likely not significant to the reason they got the scanbut your doctor will know best. Ask for an interpretation. ...Read more

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On brain MRI what does "mild to moderate deep white matter flair hyperintensity burden" mean? What would cause be?

On brain MRI what does "mild to moderate deep white matter flair hyperintensity burden" mean? What would cause be?

Complex question: Why did u get an MRI? FLAIR is "fluid attenuation by inversion recovery," 1 of many ways that MRI signals r obtained. Hyperintensity means the signal was stronger than expected. I suspect this is an artifact of MRI, unrecognized by the radiologist. If you are feeling no different than before, & if you have no symptoms, I wouldn't worry too much. http://www.actaneurocomms.org/content/1/1/14 ...Read more

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My husband has been diagnosed with severe white matter brain disease. What is that and what does it mean? He is recovering from a stroke.

My husband has been diagnosed with severe white matter brain disease.  What is that and what does it mean?  He is recovering from a stroke.

"White matter": I agree with dr. Kumar. "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. ...Read more

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My brain MRI says one small area of increased signal on flair images in the right parietal white matter- what does this mean?

My brain MRI says one small area of increased signal on flair images in the right parietal white matter- what does this mean?

May be nothing or?: Your clinical history- the reason you had the MRI- may be a clue. Many brains show one small area of flair signal. These are often due to headaches, head injuries, high blood pressure, changes in blood flow, etc. They are not by themselves an indicator of much. If you had many of these, and symptoms of MS, they could be related. A single small area though is not alarming. ...Read more

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What can white matter and inflammation on sjögren's patients brain MRI mean? Was told not to worry for now .

What can white matter and inflammation  on sjögren's patients brain MRI mean? Was told not to worry for now .

Correction(probably): My guess is someone told you (or tried to tell you) "white matter degeneration." evidence of inflammation in the brain (sjogren's or not) is clearly something to worry about. But white matter degeneration may be something not to worry about. Reason: it is a nonspecific finding that can be seen in people without sjogrens as well as those without neurological problems. Don't worry at this time. ...Read more

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"a small region of hypodensity is noted in white matter of superior to right para ventricular that can suggest focal ischemic area" iCT of brain. mean?

"a small region of hypodensity is noted in white matter of superior to right para ventricular that can suggest focal ischemic area" iCT of brain. mean?

Cerebral ischemia: Focal ischemia indicates a specific region in the brain that has not gotten sufficient oxygen. It can be due to uncontrolled hypertension, trauma, stroke, atherosclerosis, etc. MRI is better than CT for imaging the brain. If you have concerning neurological symptoms, see a neurologist for further evaluation. http://sullydog.com/sullysites/qm/brainischemia101syllabus/syllabus/presentation1_9_1.html ...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