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At what age is it somewhat normal to start seeing changes in white matter on a MRI scan? Ms scare! Extreme anxiety here. Thanks

At what age is it somewhat normal to start seeing changes in white matter on a MRI scan? Ms scare! Extreme anxiety here. Thanks

Much older!: Ms is a rare disorder white matter lesions may be non specific or due to microvascular changes common in patients with hypertension and diabetes see your doctor to put your your mind at rest. ...Read more

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Mri (Definition)

Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more


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Age 66; right hearing loss; MRI; dx: mild chronic deep white matter ischemic changes in the periventricular and subcortical white matter. Please expla?

Age 66; right hearing loss; MRI; dx: mild chronic deep white matter ischemic changes in the periventricular and subcortical white matter. Please expla?

Becoming a senior: These changes in signal in the white matter are believed to be due to small vessels losing their flow. This is a finding in older or senior citizens. It remains to be seen if they amount to anything as we age ...Read more

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MRI -The distribution and morphology of these white matter lesions are nonspecific - What does this mean,?

MRI -The distribution and morphology of these white matter lesions are nonspecific - What does this mean,?

MRIs: This is a very common finding on MRIs of the brain, typically neurologists will state they are from past migraines. Not sure why you had the MRI done though, headaches, memory issues, weakness, talk to e doctor who ordered the MRi about the results. ...Read more

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I had a MRI that showed minimal white matter disease that was not addressed. Now im having signs of MS.?

I had a MRI that showed minimal white matter disease that was not addressed. Now im having signs of MS.?

Get re-evaluated: The MRI may well be nonspecific, and the result of migraine, old head trauma, smoking, etc. But if you now have neurological symptoms, and "signs", this needs to be evaluated fully and diagnosed, so that the appropriate cause can be treated. This may not necessarily be MS, and certainly best to find out. ...Read more

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Mri says scattered white matter, also says no lessions or mass effect detected, isn't scattered white matter lesions?

Mri says scattered white matter, also says no lessions or mass effect detected, isn't scattered white matter lesions?

Yes, but...: Nonspecific abnormality (lesion). From your submission, there are no masses, clots, tumors, increased pressure in the brain, etc.-all reassuring. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Ok so MRI and scan for 7 years is been the same t2 flairs and nonspecif white matter I have done over 20+ MRI and still nothing?

Ok so MRI and scan for 7 years is been the same t2 flairs and nonspecif white matter I have done over 20+ MRI and still nothing?

About your post...: 1. Have you posted before? You don't mention WHY you had 20+ MRIs. 2. Did your health insurance really OK 20+ MRIs? 3. The only way to get that many MRIs is not to tell the ordering doc (s) about your previous MRIs. Suggests you have a nonorganic problem & are in denial; you're doctor-shopping: Going from doctor to doctor hearing the same thing over & over & refusing to accept it. ...Read more

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My MRI showed scattered white matter, but after that it said no lesions or masses identified isn't scattered white matter lesions?

Depends: I frequently see scattered white matter lesions. Aggressive work ups typically yield nothing. Think of it this way, the smallest blood vessels of your brain calcify easily with age, somethings, this produces small scattered white matter lesions. ...Read more

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Mri showed some subtle scattered areas of white matter in the absence of any clinical symptomology to suggest ms. Is that suspected ms? From rad. Rpt

Mri showed some subtle scattered areas of white matter in the absence of any clinical symptomology to suggest ms. Is that suspected ms? From rad. Rpt

Not likely to be: Your MRI likely shows nonspecific white matter lesions, which may be present in migraine, smoking, high blood pressure, prior head injuries. Specific patterns might be consistent with MS, but doesn't sound like that case, based upon your description. ...Read more

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I had a MRI and was diagnosed with white matter changes to my left external capsule (not sure where that is) Is there a way to slow this disease down?

I had a MRI and was diagnosed with white matter changes to my left external capsule (not sure where that is) Is there a way to slow this disease down?

White matter changes: Without understanding what prompted the ordering of the MRI, not the specific aspects and findings of the MRI (location, sequence etc etc) it is difficult to determine what these findings on their own mean. Since you have clearly had a previous health care provider interaction, suggest you speak to that provider to further discuss the relevance of these findings. ...Read more

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Area of different color white matter in teen. Was told repeat mri to check for growth. Was mentioned maybe born w it? What could it be or looking for.

Area of different color white matter in teen. Was told repeat mri to check for growth. Was mentioned maybe born w it? What could it be or looking for.

Hard to tell: If you are looking for a second opinion, we need more information and question directed at neurologist/ neurosurgeon, if your child is stable, that's comforting, please follow up with specialist, re ask the treating physician all the questions, that's your right ...Read more

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Could white matter spots on an MRI necessarily be a death sentence?

Could white matter spots on an MRI necessarily be a death sentence?

Not at all.: Small white spots in the white matter on MRI are not uncommon. They are typically seen in middle to older ages from chronic small vessel changes, usually secondary to diabetes and hypertension. Rarely they can be seen with multiple sclerosis and other diseases. They can be from old shearing trauma (such as a bad vehicle accident). They are nonspecific & may require further evaluation to find out. ...Read more

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My mri report - t2 and flair hyperintensities in a deep white matter distribution. What does this mean?

My mri report - t2 and flair hyperintensities in a deep white matter distribution. What does this mean?

That will depend: On your age. For example, if you are say 50 or older then one might say this is commonly found in that age group. On the other hand, if you are say 23 years old it is not common in that age group and has other meanings. It is therefore best to talk with your doctor ...Read more

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Mri white matter/ 4 black holes. No symptom of ms. Did a spinal taping results yet. What r the chances of having ms.

Mri white matter/ 4 black holes. No symptom of ms. Did a spinal taping results yet. What r the chances of having ms.

Unclear: It depends on the characteristics of the "black holes" that you see on the mri. Although they are in the white matter, there are some characteristic appearances and locations for ms. Typically, ms plaques don't appear like black holes, but without seeing the MRI it is hard to say. Wait for the results of the spinal tap and then go over them with your neurologist. ...Read more

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Mri shows areas of altered signal in the periventricular deep white matter. Punctate and nonspecific...What does this mean?

Mri shows areas of altered signal in the periventricular deep white matter. Punctate and nonspecific...What does this mean?

It usually is an: Incidental age-related finding due to chronic microvascular changes, but not always. A few small foci are probably nothing to worry about. However, you need to talk to your doctor about what it means, if anything, in your particular clinical situation. ...Read more

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I was wondering about the possibility to have MS. MRI (0.3T, open) showed atleast 2 deep white matter lesions approx. 4 mm.

I was wondering about the possibility to have MS. MRI (0.3T, open) showed atleast 2 deep white matter lesions approx. 4 mm.

MS is a: Clinical diagnosis, not simply an imaging diagnosis. That said, and without the images or a more complete report, two 4mm white matter lesions would likely not be indicative of a high probability of MS. These types of findings are usually incidental, and increase in frequency with age. ...Read more

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Minimal increased nonspecific signal in brain white matter. Unremarkable MRI of the brain. Can this be nothing in a 26 yr old?

Minimal increased nonspecific signal in brain white matter. Unremarkable MRI of the brain. Can this be nothing in a 26 yr old?

Yes: It can be nothing. Lets take a step backwards though. There must have been a reason for getting the MRI.
Migraine headache can be associated with tiny punctate white matter changes. Perhaps a bit of clinical information and a look at the scan might be in order. If you can do this I would be glad to help. Www. Healthtap. Com/drericweisman ...Read more

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Mri report says morphology says in favour of smallt2 and flair hyperintensefoci in bilateral frontal white matter-? Ischemic/? Significant

Mri report says morphology says in favour of smallt2 and flair hyperintensefoci in bilateral frontal white matter-? Ischemic/? Significant

Usually not: This is a very common finding on mris of the brain. Typically it is not significant. However, if you are experiencing neurological symptoms these foci may represent something more sinister and you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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I asked earlier about MS and white matter disease. I have had an MRI (2) actually. Shows lesions. "stroke" in october. But wad told not a stroke?

I asked earlier about MS and white matter disease. I have had an MRI (2) actually. Shows lesions. "stroke" in october. But wad told not a stroke?

MRI WHITE LESIONS: Mri's are very sensitive at identifying any change in anatomy. Some lesions can look like the beginning of ms, but not actually turn into the disease. High blood pressure and trauma can cause lesions they look like ms or small strokes. Serial examinations are sometimes required to figure out if the findings improve, stay the same, or increase. ...Read more

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Female/25 y.O. Had an MRI for syncope. Results indicate more than 9 focal areas of t2/flair hyperintensity in subcortal white matter. What's it mean?

Depends: Size, distribution and location are all important. However, this number in the 25-year-old is high.

Please see a neurologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Suffer w/migraines;recent MRI showed majority white matter w/confluent t2 signal abnormalities bilaterally;neuro said due to migraines. Do you agree?

Suffer w/migraines;recent MRI showed majority white matter w/confluent t2 signal abnormalities bilaterally;neuro said due to migraines. Do you agree?

Yes: These type of signal abnormalities are typical of migraine. This also indicates that migraine is a chronic disease. You should be taking medication to prevent the headaches and also reduce your neurological sensitivity to migraine triggers. Www. Ache. Org. ...Read more

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What's my MRI results mean? This was what summary said. A small non specific foci of increased signal intensty in deep white matter of both cerebral

What's my MRI results mean? This was what summary said. A small non specific foci of increased signal intensty in deep white matter of both cerebral

Probably nothing: Sounds benign. Ask your doctor. The doctor who ordered the MRI is ethically obligated to review the MRI with you and to interpret the findings as they relate to you specifically; or, if they can’t, to find someone who can. Remember that. ...Read more

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I had to pull an all nighter last night & got zero sleep. Will the sleep deprivation cause abnormalities on my MRI I had today? White matter lesion?

I had to pull an all nighter last night & got zero sleep. Will the sleep deprivation cause abnormalities on my MRI I had today? White matter lesion?

One night is prob OK: While long-term sleep deprivation can be associated with structural brain changes (C. Liu et al., NeuroReport 2014 25 (5):320-3), a single night is unlikely to alter the findings of a structural MRI study. … but it IS likely to alter measures of brain function. ...Read more

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I'm 34 years old my mri report say, t2 and flair hyperintensities in a deep white matter distribution, what does this mean?

Impossible to say: It depends on your symptoms. Why was the MRI ordered and what issues were suspected by your doctor? ...Read more

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White matter. Found in brain MRI. What is this?

White matter. Found in brain MRI. What is this?

White matter: White matter is ALWAYS found in brain MRI because white matter is a normal part of brain tissue. You're looking at an MRI report, aren't you? The 1 responsible for interpreting an MRI report is the 1 who ordered it. If (s)he can't, then (s)he's obligated to find someone who can. You've left out something on the report. You're wasting your time here. See or call your doctor & ask. ...Read more

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Why did a MRI of brain showed "nonspecific white matter"?

Why did a MRI of brain showed "nonspecific white matter"?

Common finding: The scan probably read as "non specific white matter changes" which is can be seen in scans of people with migraine. This is a fairly common statement in a radiology report.
The findings should be correlated with your physician's evaluation. There may be a reason to repeat the MRI in six months to a year. ...Read more

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Can white matter lesions be seen on a brain MRI without contrast?

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Can white matter lesions be seen on a brain MRI without contrast?

MRI: Majority of WM lesions are visible on MRI, depending on type & size & location. ...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