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Dr. Gott: Spots on MRI may be signs of aging

DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently had an MRI done on my brain, and there were five or six white spots. The doctors are telling me this is nothing to worry about, but I worry. What do you think this is? What could the spots mean?

DEAR READER: White spots can appear as a part of the natural process of aging. It could also be the beginning of hardening of the small arteries within the brain from hypertension or a neurological disorder.

I believe you have to rely on your physician(s) who told you not to worry; however, were I the one involved, I would seek a second opinion with another neurologist for the (hopeful) peace of mind to follow.

Dr. Peter H. Gott is a retired physician and the author of several books. His website is

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