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I was recently told by a neurologist that my brain is shrinking and that my brain looked more consistent with a 60-70 year old than a 30 something year old. This was not the only information that I received from the neurologist at that time but after getting home from my visit I became very concerned about this particular issue. Is there a reason why a 37 year old female could have atrophy of the brain on this scale? Thank you for your assistance.
Greetings.I am sorry that your question was unanswered for very long.Following are the common causes of brain atrophy;1) Vitamin B 12 deficiency.2) Excessive alcohol3) Stroke4) Injury to brain5) Infectious diseases6) Huntington’s disease, 7) Corticobasal degeneration, 8) Posterior cortical atrophy,9) Multiple system atrophy 10) Progressive supranuclear palsy.
11) Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
12) Hypernatremia (increased sodium)
13) Cerebrovascular disease
14) DepressionApart from MRI, a proton MR spectroscopy would be able to ascertain the cause. Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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I have been scheduled for an MRI, EEG, and a neuropsychological test. Will these tests be able to determine the reason for this brain atrophy? Also, I feel I should mention that I sustained a mild concussion approximately two and half years ago when I was hit in the back of the head with a large wooden board and diagnosed with post concussive syndrome. Could that have caused this problem? Thank you for your assistance.
One more question. Is this something that I could have been "born with?"