What does diffuse cerebral atrophy mean?

Q. What does diffuse cerebral atrophy mean?

Answered by
Dr. Hardik Nareshbhai Rajyaguru
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 24, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jul 31, 2023

Hi doctor,

My mother is 52 years old and suffering from headache since so many years. We started the psychiatric treatment for her before six years. She has to take all medicines every day and whenever she misses them, she suffers from the headache. So, we decided to go for her brain MRI and the result states diffuse cerebral atrophy. What does it mean? Does it mean shrinkage of the brain? How can we treat this? Suggest me some medication for the diffuse cerebral atrophy.



Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your question well. Cerebral atrophy is a normal change seen in every aging brain. But for some people, it is faster than the other. Please do not get panic from this finding. There is no medicine to date, which is effective in treating cerebral atrophy. There have been some, but none of them are proven to be really effective in randomized controlled trials. I suggest her tablet Strocit (Citicoline) one tablet twice a day and for this also the above mentioned fact applies. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and give her the medicine with consent. If she gets involved regularly in cognitively demanding tasks, then her brain may remain active for longer years.

Thank you doctor,

My concern is that she has to take a lot of medicines prescribed by the psychiatrist and I do not find any improvement in her health. She is addicted to the medicines and she suffers with headache whenever she misses even one dose. My concern is if she continues with those tablets, then it might result in adverse effects on her kidney. Need some guidance on the same.



Welcome back to icliniq.com. Do not worry about the side effects on the kidney. Most of the psychiatric medicines do not have side effects on the kidney. The doses of the psychiatric medicines are very small, very less likely to affect the kidney. It would be better if she continues her medicines. To be sure, you canget her renal profile checked once in a few months.

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