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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. ...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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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