Are Cerebral White Matter Lesions Related to the Presence of Bilateral Internal Carotid Artery Stenosis or to the Length of Stenosis Among Patients With Ischemic Cerebrovascular Events?

We examined the relation between the presence of bilateral ICAS as well as the degree and length of stenosis and ipsi-, contralateral as well as mean white matter lesion load (MWMLL). Methods: In a retrospective cohort, patients with ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) as well as ipsi- and/or contralateral ICAS were identified. The length and degree of ICAS, as well as plaque morphology (hypoechoic, mixed or echogenic), were assessed on ultrasound scans and if available, the length was also measured in the magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and/or digital subtraction angiography (DSA). The WMLs were assessed in 4 sites separately, periventricular and deep WMLs on each side, using the Fazekas scale and the MWMLL was calculated as the mean of these four values. Results: One-hundred-thirty-six patients with 177 ICAS were identified. A strong positive correlation between age and MWMLL was observed (Spearman correlation coefficient, ρ=0.41, p
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Conclusions: Embolism associated with asymptomatic carotid stenosis shows circadian variation with highest rates 4–6 h before midday. This corresponds with peak circadian incidence of stroke and other vascular complications. These and ASED Study results show that monitoring frequency, duration, and time of day are important in ES detection. Introduction Transcranial Doppler (TCD) detected microembolism in the ipsilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA) may help stratify the risk of stroke and other arterial disease complications in persons with advanced (≥60%) asymptomatic carotid stenosis. If so, this techniqu...
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Ahmed Mohamed Elhfnawy1*, Peter U. Heuschmann2, Mirko Pham3†, Jens Volkmann1† and Felix Fluri1,4 1Department of Neurology, University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 2Institute of Clinical Epidemiology and Biometry, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 3Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany 4Department of Neurology, Kantonssptial St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland Background and Purpose: Internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS)≥70% is a leading cause of ischemic cerebrovascular event...
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Source: Neurologia - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine - Category: Nuclear Medicine Authors: Tags: Educational Exhibits Source Type: research
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Source: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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