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What does diffuse cerebral cortical atrophy mean?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Psychiatry - Geriatric

In brief: It depends

It could be just age related or it could mean presence of alzheimer's disease.

In brief: It depends

It could be just age related or it could mean presence of alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Dr. Ladislav Volicer
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In brief: Shrinkage of brain

Atrophy of brain occurs to a small extent as all of us age, but accelerates with dementia, especially alzheimer's disease.
Brain atrophy can be a bad prognostic sign in multiple sclerosis, as it correlates with disability. Atrophy can be caused by other disorders, and is usually a finding of concern.

In brief: Shrinkage of brain

Atrophy of brain occurs to a small extent as all of us age, but accelerates with dementia, especially alzheimer's disease.
Brain atrophy can be a bad prognostic sign in multiple sclerosis, as it correlates with disability. Atrophy can be caused by other disorders, and is usually a finding of concern.
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