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Cerebral atrophy mild nonspecific on MRI

06/18/2007

Question:

What is the significance of mild cerebral atrophy on mri result

Answer:

Some degree of atrophy (shrinking) of the brain is seen in all normal individuals with aging. The determination of whether the degree of shrinking is normal or not is mostly dependent upon the severity. There are certain neurologic diseases that lead to significant brain atrophy, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the atrophy is usually described as moderate to severe, or “more than expected” for the patient’s age.

The MRI report does not sound worrisome, but if you have any concerns about your neurologic health, you should discuss this with your doctor.

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati