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What is the treatment for cerebral atrophy?

Q: My son is 7 months old but he is still in a sitting or neck holding position. His weight is 4 kg. His CT scan report says Cerebral Atrophy and the doctor's advise is that there is no medicine for him and he may recover with age.

A:Cerebral atrophy is when the cortex part of the brain is shrunken in size to what it should be. Less brain mass and volume means less thinking and this can occur in a variety of illnesses. Atrophy can be generalized, which means that all of the brain has shrunk; or it can be focal, affecting only a limited area of the brain and resulting in a decrease of the functions that area of the brain controls. If the cerebral hemispheres (the two lobes of the brain that form the cerebrum) are affected, conscious thought and voluntary processes may be impaired. Please get your child evaluated by a pediatric neurologist so that appropriate rehabilitative measures can be instituted.

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