Here is My Question:
My MRI report shows Encephalomalacia with gliosis also with ex-vacau dilatation in Right Parietal Region extending to peritrigonal region. I have symptoms like seizures, absence, numbness in body, tremors, drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue. Will all this lead to MS in future?
Encephalomalacia simply means there is evidence that the tissue matrix and cells has been destroyed or damaged in an area of the brain. When this occurs adjacent spaces in the brain enlarge to fill the area once occupied by the tissue which has disappeared (this is the "ex-vacuo dilatation" mentioned in the report). Gliosis means scaring; on MR imaging this usually appears as a chronic white spot (called a FLAIR or T2 hyperintensity) usually adjacent to the area of encephalomalacia.
None of these terms are specific for any disease state. For instance, these findings can be seen after an injury occurring at birth, a prior infection, prior trauma, prior surgery, chronic multiple sclerosis, a stroke or any number of other conditions.
Revere P (Rip) Kinkel, MDProfessor of Neurosciences
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
University of California San Diego
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