Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
180 Doctors are Online

MRI showed moderate diffuse cerebral atrophy and small vessel disease. Any suggestion?

Nov 2013
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 1994
Answered : 5570 Questions
The impression following a closed MRI of my brain with and without gadolinium enhancement says there is relatively symmetric diffuse cerebral atrophy which is moderate in degree. There are periventricular XXXXXXX white matter signal changes consistent with microangiopathic ischemia ("small vessel diease") which is mild in degree. Please explain, especially first sentence.
Posted Fri, 18 Jan 2013 in X-ray, Lab tests and Scans
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 3 hours later

Thank you for posting your query.

As per your MRI of brain, there are two findings reported:

1. Moderate diffuse cerebral atrophy- this refers to shrinkage of brain (decrease in brain size and volume). This occurs normally as one grows older and may not be of any clinical significance. However, if a person has memory loss, then, it could be a finding of Alzheimer's disease.

2. Small vessel disease- this refers to a loss of blood supply in a few areas of brain (small blood clots). These are common in people with diabetes or high BP. Treatment requires use of blood thinners such as aspirin. In addition, risk factors such as diabetes should be kept under control.

I hope it clarifies. I would be pleased to answer if you have any more queries.

Best wishes,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Radiologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor