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Doctor insights on: White Matter Periventicular Brain Spots

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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

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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Are white spots on the white matter of your brain indicative of anything serious?

Are white spots on the white matter of your brain indicative of anything serious?

Numerous: Maybe nonspecific, a result of head and/or neck trauma, associated with migraine headaches, signs of prior stroke or atherosclerosis, present in multiple sclerosis, but also due to drugs, both prescription, and recreational, amongst many categories. ...Read more

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I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin. Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted? Im 41

I have high calcium levels, brain MRI showed spots in white matter, pain on right side abdomin.  Dr mentioned aphasia-can all these be realted?  Im 41

Possible: Exact scenario may be hard. Need ct of chest, abdomen, & pelvis to rule out any cancer that could cause high calcium or sarcoidosis. If not done, need parathyroid and vitamin d levels. It may be that you take calcium or tums that increased your calcium in blood which if high enough causes confusion and weakness. If so, brain findings may relate to a virus possibly herpes vs others. ...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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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 happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

What happpen if you have a lot of white matter on your brain?

?WHITE MATTER LESION: Am unclear if you are asking about MRI white matter spots, but if that is the case, perhaps there is a question of ms. But these spots could be due to other causes such as migraine, prior head trauma, medicine reactions, prior brain infections, etc. Ask more information from your physician. ...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 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

Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more