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Can dyslexia appear on an MRI. If so, can it be confused so

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Can dyslexia appear on an MRI. If so, can it be confused so other neurology issues?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

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To answer your question, " Can dyslexia appear on an MRI?"

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the answer is actually yes and no

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routine MRI, as done to determine if you have had a stroke or tumor, etc

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will not find any specific abnormality to suggest dyslexia

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for many years there was a theory that grey matter in certain areas of the brain would be thicker as a result

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of having dyslexia, but that was studied and never proven

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But there is another type of MRI, called functional MRI of fMRI

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and with that test you can look at "activation" of the brain or changes in oxygen utilization in the brain regionally

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while doing a task in the MRI

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so you do a task that makes the dyslexic subject work, and you can see the changes in the brain as compared to normal patients

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there are currently clinical studies underway looking at that change

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I will attach a webpage of a study being done by Lilly pharmaceuticals, to look at Atomoxetine (Strattera)

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on patients with dyslexia, using fMRI

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http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00716274?term=fMRI+and+dyslexia&rank=1

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please get back to me with questions about this if I can help Dr Frank T

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Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.
neuromd2012 : Welcome to Just Answer. I am an Adult Neurologist and was contacted to answer your question.
neuromd2012 : I am waiting for you to come online
neuromd2012 : to answer your question
neuromd2012 : in a chat session
neuromd2012 : hello
neuromd2012 : as you are offline
neuromd2012 : I will leave you an answer
neuromd2012 : please get back to me when you are online to discuss
neuromd2012 : To answer your question, " Can dyslexia appear on an MRI?"
neuromd2012 : the answer is actually yes and no
neuromd2012 : routine MRI, as done to determine if you have had a stroke or tumor, etc
neuromd2012 : will not find any specific abnormality to suggest dyslexia
neuromd2012 : for many years there was a theory that grey matter in certain areas of the brain would be thicker as a result
neuromd2012 : of having dyslexia, but that was studied and never proven
neuromd2012 : But there is another type of MRI, called functional MRI of fMRI
neuromd2012 : and with that test you can look at "activation" of the brain or changes in oxygen utilization in the brain regionally
neuromd2012 : while doing a task in the MRI
neuromd2012 : so you do a task that makes the dyslexic subject work, and you can see the changes in the brain as compared to normal patients
neuromd2012 : there are currently clinical studies underway looking at that change
neuromd2012 : I will attach a webpage of a study being done by Lilly pharmaceuticals, to look at Atomoxetine (Strattera)
neuromd2012 : on patients with dyslexia, using fMRI
neuromd2012 : http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00716274?term=fMRI+and+dyslexia&rank=1
neuromd2012 : please get back to me with questions about this if I can help Dr Frank T

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