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High BP, cholesterol, osteoporosis. MRI shows white matter disease. Treatment?


My wife who is 70 years of age,about 105 pounds in weight and five foot and two inches in height.She is on medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and oesteoporosis.She has mobility problem dawdling. An MRI scan shows some areas of "white matter disease". Waiting to see the consultant.Please tell me Is there any treatment for this illness? and what causes this illness.Many thanks.

Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted that your wife's MRI brain report has shown features of white matter disease.

White matter disease in brain is usually due to reduced blood flow to the brain.

In her case, it is most likely due to her high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Treatment consists of using blood thinners such as aspirin, and controlling the risk factors (high cholesterol and blood pressure in her case).

There is no need to worry, as she would improve with proper treatment.

I hope it helps.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,
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