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Mri-multiple old ischemic areas in periventricular white matter bilaterally-cerebral & cerebellar atrophy, a 72 y, w 65 kg, no ht, no sugar, serious?

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Dr. Jack Hinkle
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In brief: Probably not.

I find this to be a fairly common finding on mri's in your age group.
. Usually a sign of microvascular changes in the blood vessels. If you are having difficulty with cognition or other neurological symptoms then a neurological consult would be in order. Otherwise focus on keeping your cardiovascular risk factors low. There are a variety of supplements that can help you achieve these goals also.

In brief: Probably not.

I find this to be a fairly common finding on mri's in your age group.
. Usually a sign of microvascular changes in the blood vessels. If you are having difficulty with cognition or other neurological symptoms then a neurological consult would be in order. Otherwise focus on keeping your cardiovascular risk factors low. There are a variety of supplements that can help you achieve these goals also.
Dr. Jack Hinkle
Dr. Jack Hinkle
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In brief: AGE RELATED

Your MRI findings are likely indicative of micro-vascular angiopathy, "hardening of the arteries".
But could represent residua of prior head injury, migraine, smoking, or hypertension. The atrophy described, raises questions of alcohol/nutritional issues, and this does need to be further explored, as could lead to cognitive and coordination issues. Unlikely to be ms. See neurologist.

In brief: AGE RELATED

Your MRI findings are likely indicative of micro-vascular angiopathy, "hardening of the arteries".
But could represent residua of prior head injury, migraine, smoking, or hypertension. The atrophy described, raises questions of alcohol/nutritional issues, and this does need to be further explored, as could lead to cognitive and coordination issues. Unlikely to be ms. See neurologist.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Gary Wade
Radiology

In brief: Probably not

While not strictly "normal", small "bright spots" on certain types of MRI images of the aging brain are very common.
These represent small scars, and are often not symptomatic. They can be associated with problems in some cases and must be differentiated from diseases such as multiple sclerosis and acute stroke.

In brief: Probably not

While not strictly "normal", small "bright spots" on certain types of MRI images of the aging brain are very common.
These represent small scars, and are often not symptomatic. They can be associated with problems in some cases and must be differentiated from diseases such as multiple sclerosis and acute stroke.
Dr. Gary Wade
Dr. Gary Wade
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