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Could you tell me what cerebral parenchymal atrophy is

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Could you tell me what cerebral parenchymal atrophy is please
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

Hello

Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to JA. I am a U.S. trained board certified neuro here to answer your question. Cerebral parenchymal atrophy is an old pathological term that comes from autopsy. The brain is taken out of the skull and weighed. The word parenchyma means matter or substance. Atrophy infers shrinkage loss of weight by dehydration or brain cellular death as in dementing illnesses

Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

This term has lost favor in the age of brain imaging where there are much more descr

Expert:  Dr. Frank replied 1 year ago.

Descriptive terms. Some neuro radiologists use it where there is evidence of global brain shrinkage without known cause. Please get back to me with questions or rate my service if satisfied. Dr Frank