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Debtn posted:
What is early development of encephalomalacia? this was on my mom's CT scan report, can't find it on the internet anywhere.
Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
We love to use "fancy" terms like encephalomalcia. The literal definition is "softening of the brain." However, it can be used by different doctors in different way.

When it is part of a CT or MRI report it may refer to the " scar" that is left after a stroke or brain injury. Just like you will have a scar after you cut your skin, there will be a scar in your brain that replaces the brain tissue that was damaged. Since you have posted in this community, I am assuming your mom has had a stroke.

The area of encephalomalcia should not be a concern. However, you do need to be vigiliant on why your mom had a stroke and attempt to modify any of the risk factors that can be altered. Some risk factors cannot be changed. The risk of having a stroke doubles after the age of 55 and we haven't figured out a way to keep from getting older!

Good Luck.
After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said- It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
Debtn replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
Thanks for your answer. All our family doctor would say was, she had a big stroke. I'm not 3 yrs. old, I'm 53. I have learned to appreciate honesty. Have a Blessed Day.

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