Top
30
Doctor insights on: What Is Grey Matter And White Matter In Your Brain

Share
1

1
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. ...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


2

2
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. ...Read more

3

3
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. ...Read more

4

4
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! ...Read more

5

5
Will an 0.5 mg anti psychotic for 1 month change the brain permanently?? , There are lots of articles out there. And is there a way to increase the grey and the white matter??

Will an 0.5 mg anti psychotic for 1 month change the brain permanently?? , There are lots of articles out there. And is there a way to increase the grey and the white matter??

Although its not...: ...likely we can substantially increase your brain size meaningfully, there are exercises that may improve "brain power." Ref. Http://www. Wikihow. Com/Increase-Your-Brain-Power ...Read more

6

6
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. ...Read more

8

8
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. ...Read more

10

10
What makes grey matter grey a white matter white? In other words, what is the difference between grey and white matter?

What makes grey matter grey a white matter white? In other words, what is the difference between grey and white matter?

Cells vs. Myelin: Gray matter mostly consists of the cell bodies of neurons, while white matter contains myelinated axons. Axons are like connecting wires, and myelin (which is whitish in color) serves as the insulation. For more details see: http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/grey_matter and http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/white_matter. ...Read more

12

12
Porn will really destroy the grey matter from my brain?

Porn will really destroy the grey matter from my brain?

Porn changes brains: Hi R, One study found smaller gray matter volume and diminished communication between the two halves of the brain in high porn users. Excessive porn users also require more stimulation to get motivated, so the bottom line is, anything in excess is likely to have problems associated with it. Moderation is key. Hope this is helpful. Take good care ...Read more

13

13
Is white and gray brain matter disorder a form of cancer?

Is white and gray brain matter disorder a form of cancer?

Not enough info: Not sure what you mean by "white and grey brain matter disorder". Grey matter is basically where brain cell bodies (neurons) are, and white matter is mainly the cables (axons) connecting neurons. Sounds like you had an MRI and need to talk with your doctor about what it shows - "white and grey brain matter disorder" is too vague and doesn't tell me anything useful. ...Read more

14

14
Can underdevoloped gray matter in the brain cause memory, speech, and thought process issues?

Can underdevoloped gray matter in the brain cause memory, speech, and thought process issues?

Can lose cells: Underdevelopment of the gray matter is something your born with and symptoms of what would be perceived as mental retardation at that age.. When it is acquired later in life, it is usually due to a degenerative process such as alzheimer's or other dementias. ...Read more

15

15
Is the gray matter inside of the spinal cord but outside of the brain?

Is the gray matter inside of the spinal cord but outside of the brain?

Almost correct: The gray matter (nervous system tissue with cell bodies) is inside the cord, surrounded by white matter (axons: nerve fibers going to & from the brain). While there is gray matter on the surface of the brain, it is also present in collections deep inside the brain. The organization of the central nervous system is quite complex. ...Read more

16

16
Does alcohol kill grey matter in the brain?

Yes: The brains of longstanding alcohol abuse patients may reveal diffuse atrophy (loss of brain tissue). ...Read more

17

17
What is a gray matter hyperintensity of 3mm on a brain MRI result? (Just trying to understand my results :))

What is a gray matter hyperintensity of 3mm on a brain MRI result? (Just trying to understand my results :))

Depends on image: Magnetic resonance imaging with and without gadolinium contrast shows hyperintensity depending on type of images, T1, T2, diffusing weighted or flair view. Each type of image views can because by various ideologies, including ischemia, plaques, infection, growth, bleed. Gray matter hyperintensity simply means changes seen based on the type of image. ...Read more

19

19
I have grey matter lesions on my brain. .. My neurologist said I don't need to go back to neurology anymore. What is it? And how will it affect me?

I have grey matter lesions on my brain. .. My neurologist said I don't need to go back to neurology anymore. What is it? And how will it affect me?

Brain lesions: Not all brain spots are pathological, to our best knowledge. When spots on a brain MRI are excessively large, of certain patterns, in very specific locations, or change significantly over short periods of time, then concern should be raised. Of some concern is the presence of other conditions, such as lupus, however. Vigilance may be warranted. ...Read more

20

20
Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

Gray spot on brain MRI - freaking out!

There is: Simply not enough information to venture a guess. It could be nothing. How is it described in the MRI report? ...Read more

21

21
I'm very worried. Small areas of myeline (white part of the brain) are grey (mri scan). But they said it is not ms. What can it be?

I'm very worried. Small areas of myeline (white part of the brain) are grey (mri scan). But they said it is not ms. What can it be?

A short list: A number of disorders can produce MRI white matter abnormalites including lyme disease, neurosarcoidosis, a post viral state called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, migraine headache, vasculitis and hypertension. This list is not all inclusive, but includes some of the more common entities. You should speak with the doctor that ordered the test, or asked to be referred to a neurologist. ...Read more

23

23
We just found out our 7 year old daughter has underdeveloped gray matter in her brain. Is this perminant or is it something that can be improved?

We just found out our 7 year old daughter has underdeveloped gray matter in her brain. Is this perminant or is it something that can be improved?

Exercise brain: Children's brains are extremely adaptable and very frequently if one part of brain injured or deficient, other parts of brain can be trained to do that task, espeically in kids. Thus, she may never get "more" gray matter, but you can totally expand the capabilites of the gray matter she does have! You have to train it like athletes train muscles, though, so start working on areas she has needs! ...Read more

24

24
How to increase grey matter of brain. I am suffering from a degenerative disease because of which I got lack of lower limbs coordination.

How to increase grey matter of brain. I am suffering from a degenerative disease because of which I got lack of lower limbs coordination.

Sorry to hear that: I'm not aware of any method available with current technology that will increase your gray matter. Remain as active you can be, exercise and get physical therpay to make the most of what you have for as long as you can. ...Read more

25

25
Mri of brain showed thinning mylin and white spots as well as grey mass...could this along with other be MS?

Mri of brain showed thinning mylin and white spots as well as grey mass...could this along with other be MS?

MRI brain: The thinning myelin and white spots are often described in the usual aging of the brain. Multiple sclerosis (MS) plaques are commonly found along the corpus callosum, periventricular white matter, cerebellum, brain stem, and spinal cord. A lumbar puncture with analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid will make the diagnosis of MS. See a neurologist to discuss the MRI findings in the brain. ...Read more

26

26
Dear esteemed mds: my client, mr. Gray, is a 70 y.O. With end-stage melanoma. For the past 2 weeks -- since discovery of brain mets --he cannot stop eating. He is never satisfied. Why is this? Thanks

Dear esteemed mds: my client, mr. Gray, is a 70 y.O. With end-stage melanoma. For the past 2 weeks -- since discovery of brain mets --he cannot stop eating. He is never satisfied. Why is this? Thanks

Steroids?: People with brain metastases are often treated with dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, to reduce brain swelling. A side effect of these drugs is to stimulate appetite. It would be unusual for the tumor itself to make someone hungry. ...Read more

27

27
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. ...Read more

28

28
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 ...Read more

29

29
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. ...Read more

30

30
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. ...Read more