Jan 6, 2021

Venous dysfunction plays a critical role in "normal" white matter disease of aging

Medical hypotheses
Anish Kapadia, Adam A Dmytriw
A ubiquitous finding on MRI in older individuals, age-related cerebral white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are associated with cognitive decline, dementia, disability, and death. Currently, these findings are thought to represent small infarcts secondary to lipohyalinotic arteriosclerosis. Commonly though, the anatomic distribution of WMHs is often non-arterial, and parallel the deep venous system. Furthermore, there is discrepant evidence for the role of conventional vascular risk factors such...