• question-icon

    What does severe atrophy in a MRI report indicate?

default
Posted on Sat, 15 Jul 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: Recently I had a MRI with and w/o contrast of the pituitary due to increase in prolactin level.l'm a w\m age 67.Report was fine no tumors but did list severe atrophy as part of Dx. What could radiologist have meant by this.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
decrease in size, wasting away, declining function, degeneration

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Atrophy means a reduction in size, wasting away, degeneration.

The significance of the term would depend on the area that is atrophied. The MRI should state which area of the brain is involved in atrophy.
Eg the cortex, cerebellum etc

Some slight atrophy of the cortex (main area of the brain) is expected with aging. This happens with most persons.
Significant atrophy of the cortex can affect functioning such as memory, language, reasoning etc

You can consider a follow up question with the exact words of the report or attach it , so that it can be interpreted.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Michelle Gibson James

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 16811 Questions

premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on

Recent questions on  Cerebellum

doctor1 MD

my name is nalayini and have congenital cerebellar degenerative syndrome, also oscillopsia.I am taking ubi q 300 tablets 1 per day...and also...

doctor1 MD

age:25 height:185cm weight:69kg query:i have done ct scan of my brain.in the report it says that there is an abnormal hypodense cystic area in the...

doctor1 MD

My wife is diagnosed as suffering from Cerebellar Ataxia for the past eight months. No improvement in her since that time. She is bed-ridden and...

doctor1 MD

my wife was in the hospital for left inferior cerebellar peduncle cavernoous malformation with secondary hemorrhage. Since she has been home has...

doctor1 MD

i had a angiogram for a stroke in my cerebellum caused by a cerebral artery dissection. this was in october 17th of this year. would it be okay to...

doctor1 MD

can anxiety cause a sense of loss of balance in very physically fit and healthy 76 year old woman who had suffered anxiety attacks years ago?

doctor1 MD

there are several things that occur, 1st is my feet and legs swell, then loss of appetite, (not necessaly in this order, loss of balance, sometimes...

Get personalised answers from verified doctor in minutes across 80+ specialties

192 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM Blog Questions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction
Questions Answered By Dr. Michelle Gibson James
  • Q - Can Hydroxyzine be taken for urinary tract and bladder infections?

  • Q - What causes black colored stool?

  • Q - What causes dizziness in an elderly person post suffering a concussion?

  • Q - What does severe atrophy in a MRI report indicate?

  • Q - What causes electric shock like sensation in the arms radiating to the...

  • Q - Suggest treatment for swollen lymph nodes and fever in a child

  • Q - What does resting heart beat of 52 indicate?

  • Q - What causes diarrhea and upper right abdominal pain?

  • Q - Is Oxycodone 10/325 different from Oxycodone 114?

  • Q - Can Antabuse cause dizziness?

backtotop2