Posted by: Miri | 2009/08/04

White matter lesions on MRI

Good day besides Multiple Sclerosis could you pls list all the diseases that can present with small/big white lesions on the brain shown on an MRI scan? Is it true that Shingles virus can also present like this? what about gluten intolerance, i believe it shows as white lesions on the brain? is this true and what other diseases would...

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Dear Miri
A MRI must always be interpreted in the light of clinical findings and history of symptoms the patients have. White matter lesions can be seen in numerous conditions and are more commonly seen in older patients. They probably are indications of the smaller caliber blood vessels in the brain showing signs of decreased blood flow. Hence these white matter abnormalities on MRI are more commonly seen in patients who have a history of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol. White matter changes on MRI may also be seen in patients who have infectious and other inflammatory conditions and in patients with a history of migraine headaches.
Dr Bets

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