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Cortical Atrophy

I am a 21 year old female. Neuro medical hx is Epilepsy.

I was in status epilepticus last winter and ended up with HIE and a Cortical Atrophy. I have no idea what a Cortical Atrophy is, everything comes up with dementia and age related things on google. My neuro never really got into the Cortical Atrophy issue.

The issues I have now since the seizures are speech/swallow issues, gait issues and cognitive, bad comprehension and bad memory, and being red/green colorblind now.

So, what exactly is a cortical atrophy? How will this effect me? I know it is basically just that the grey matter shrunk or something. But what exactly does the grey matter do?
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