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Does hyperintense focus in white matter mean brain cancer?

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Dr. Bert Liang
Neurology
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In brief: Unlikely

It would be unusual for a focal hyperintense focus in white matter to be a tumor; however, one needs to better understand what the specific sequence used on MRI (T1, T2, FLAIR, T* etc) to be more informative.

In brief: Unlikely

It would be unusual for a focal hyperintense focus in white matter to be a tumor; however, one needs to better understand what the specific sequence used on MRI (T1, T2, FLAIR, T* etc) to be more informative.
Dr. Bert Liang
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In brief: Nonspecific

Could refer to outcome of brain injury, or cigarette smoking, or prior encephalitis, or multiple sclerosis, or infection.
Brain cancer at your age would be far down on list of correlations.

In brief: Nonspecific

Could refer to outcome of brain injury, or cigarette smoking, or prior encephalitis, or multiple sclerosis, or infection.
Brain cancer at your age would be far down on list of correlations.
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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Family Medicine

In brief: No, it does not.

A solitary area of hyperintensity on MRI may mean nothing at all.
These are sometime known as UBO's (unidentified bright objects) because they don't necessarily correlate with specific disorders. Migraine headache, multiple sclerosis, certain psychiatric disorders and inflammation may cause UBO's, but not brain cancer.

In brief: No, it does not.

A solitary area of hyperintensity on MRI may mean nothing at all.
These are sometime known as UBO's (unidentified bright objects) because they don't necessarily correlate with specific disorders. Migraine headache, multiple sclerosis, certain psychiatric disorders and inflammation may cause UBO's, but not brain cancer.
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