Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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What is White Disease in the Brain?

Monday, 12 Nov 2012 09:29 AM




Question: My brother is 75 and has just been diagnosed with something called “white matter” of the brain. What is this and what is the normal prognosis?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Diffuse white matter disease usually refers to small vessel disease in the white matter of the brain and brain shrinkage known as atrophy. No interventions are usually needed at this point. Although these changes may be common in his age group, the good news is there is no bleeding, tumor, or blood clot connected with his condition. Only his neurologist can provide a prognosis and his future health.

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