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MRI Results

Postby Surupe » Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:57 pm

Hi there!
I was hoping somebody with a medical background could help me interpret my neurologists report. I had a brain MRI last week and won’t be able to see her for a few weeks. I’m freaking out a bit based on her impressions. I’ve attached the report to this post as it’s difficult to type the whole thing. Thanks so much!!
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Re: MRI Results

Postby NF52 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 3:01 pm

Surupe wrote:Hi there!
I was hoping somebody with a medical background could help me interpret my neurologists report. I had a brain MRI last week and won’t be able to see her for a few weeks. I’m freaking out a bit based on her impressions. I’ve attached the report to this post as it’s difficult to type the whole thing. Thanks so much!!
Suzanne
Happy 4th of July Surupe!

I hope my special educator friend has been able to put aside IEPs and enjoy more sleep as a silver lining of the last several months of schools being closed. As you know from past posts, I do not have any right to comment on an MRI report--but I do know what it's like to wait weeks for results, and have had friends waiting for neurologists to explain troubling phrases.

Here's my advice: I see a lot of good news on the report (no tumors, no strokes, no sinus problems, no history of skull fractures, normal blood vessel flow) and note of some small white matter hyperintensities. I asked a neurologist friend about this two years ago when someone told me she was concerned over an MRI that showed she had some and his response was "everyone has some of these as they get older--I have a friend with 80 and she's still doing research!" So while it might be something that the neurologist will want to address, from what I understand it is likely NOT related to Alzheimer's, but rather to your known family history of vascular illness. Since you've been such a standout athlete and are addressing all your varied dietary needs, your neurologist may say "well that's interesting, but not very predictive and here's what we're going to do about it." Remember: You're the same smart person you were before the MRI; it's only imaging; what researchers call a "biomarker". The more I sit on advisory panels, the more I realize that "biomarkers' are a lot like aptitude tests in school: interesting and sometimes helpful, but rarely telling us that only one path lies ahead. it always comes back to "But what is actually going on in your life?"

Hugs, Surupe!
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Re: MRI Results

Postby Kathleen1 » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:20 pm

I only have one on my MRI. I have a history of migraines, a family history full of early cardiac deaths,high lipids and a heart like a stone. You can see those white matter abnormalities with classic migraines, diabetes, hypertension, and sometimes lots of them without symptoms. Just like any other test, it is info to help you decide if you need to make any changes. NOT a deal breaker. Sometimes ladies who had eclampsia during pregnancy have a lot and in those cases the findings are longstanding, stable and not a worry. You can call that office again --your history makes a difference here-- and ask to at least talk to the doc given your appointment is so far out because it is ok to ask for reassurance. Note lots of folks on this site have small vessel ischemic disease and address the risks. Also coronary calcium scans may be useful in deciding about vascular risk--like whether to treat hyperlipidemia if you have the bad numbers. Hey no atrophy!! You win on that one. No dawson's fingers so no classic MS findings. Hang in there.


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