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 Matter Disease?

Friday, 20 Jan 2012 10:04 AM


Question: A relative of mine showed the early signs of dementia and he was diagnosed with “White Matter Disease.” I have never heard of this. Can you tell me what his prognosis is?


Dr. Hibberd's answer:

White matter disease covers a large group of disorders that affect the white matter, and is associated with loss of myelin which is required so that nerve impulses triggered in the brain, send the signals that make us move. This must have shown up in your friend’s brain scans. With time, the condition may progress and it is necessary to join a support group and seek counseling on how to cope in the future.



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