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MRI reported nodular T2 hyperintensity scattered within the periventricular and subcortical white matter bilaterally. Meaning?

Following an MRI with and without contrast, the report indicated that my husband has punctate and nodular T2 hyperintensities scattered within the periventricular and subcortical white matter bilaterally. Could you give me a fairly brief explanation of what this means for his future health and if it might be related to Alzheimer s disease. Thank you !!
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

I have gone through the MRI brain reports of your husband. The most common condition, which can cause these findings, is migraine.

In addition, we need to exclude a diagnosis of ischemia (lack of blood flow to brain). This can occur in patients with high BP, sugars, cholesterol, etc.

These findings generally do not suggest a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in future.

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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