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cerebellar brain atrophy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 7, 2010
  • 11:51 AM

thank for your help, this is a MRI OF THE BRAIN report:
Clinical Information: 10 years old boy presented with unsteady gait and mental retardation.

Technique: Sagittal Tl WI, axial T2WI, axial FLAIR and coronal T2WI.

* Mild global brain atrophy manifested as mildly dilated ventricular system and mild widening
of the cortical sulci.
* No focal brain parenchymal lesion or alteration in the signal intensity.
* Unremarkable basal ganglia, thalami and internal capsules.
* Central midline structures with no mass effect.
* Mild cerebellar atrophy manifested as dilated cerebellar folia and prominent extraaxial CSF space.
* No focal lesion at brainstem and cerebellum. * Normal size and configuration of the corpus callosum. * Intact craniocervical junction.

- Mild global cerebral and cerebellar brain atrophy.

is this critical problim or could be Addressed.

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  • While not a medical professional, I do have a 3yo child who has almost complete absence of cerebellum. Your MRI report is very general in its results and would need a discussion with a neurosurgeon for greater clarification.Your childs mental retardation could be due to either/or both of the atrophy at the cerebellum or cerebrum, and again a neurosurgeon viewing the MRI scans could shed more light on possible (specific) causes. Your childs unsteady gait would likely be blamed entirely on the cerebellar atrophy as this is the centre for the body's balance and fine muscle control.Unfortunately the bad news is that there is presently no known treatments for this condition other than intense physio and occupational therapy to try and help improve existing skills. Beyond this stem cell treatments, which are still very experimental and on trial basis for brain injury, may offer some hope if you find a trial that offers treatment geared towards brain damage.Sorry this does not offer much hope.
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