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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 699--703

Pattern and Severity of Leukoaraiosis and Microvascular Resistance- Inputs from a TCD Study from South Asia

1 Comprehensive Stroke Care Centre, Department of Neurology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
2 Department of Neuroradiology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
3 Achutha Menon Centre, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

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Dr. Sukumaran Sajith
Diplomate of National Board, Commonwealth Fellow, Consultant Neurologist and Stroke Specialist, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (An Institute of National Importance under the Government of India), Trivandrum - 695 011, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.344637

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Background and Purpose: Leukoaraiosis is thought to be related to long-standing microvascular ischemia. The pathogenic mechanisms and hemodynamic changes could be different for periventricular and deep white matter leukoaraiosis. In this cross-sectional study, we examined whether the Pulsatility Index (PI) in Transcranial Doppler ultrasonography (TCD), which can give indirect information regarding downstream microvascular resistance and compliance, is different for leukoaraiosis in periventricular and deep locations. Correlation between presence of leukoaraiosis and PI was also studied since it was not studied in South-Asian patients before. Methods: Consecutive patients with suspected lacunar stroke or white-matter disease, undergoing MR brain imaging were included. Vascular imaging was done with CT or MR Angiography to rule out significant (>50%) stenosis. Fazeka's grading was done for severity of leukoaraiosis and mean PI in the middle cerebral artery (MCA) was obtained with trans-temporal TCD. Results: Ninety patients (Mean age 61 ± 10.9 years, 29% females) were available for final analysis. Age, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, CAD, and presence of leukoaraiosis were strongly associated with elevated mean PI in univariate analysis. In multivariate analysis, presence of leukoaraiosis was significantly associated with higher mean PI after adjusting for other variables. Mean PI strongly correlated with both periventricular (Spearman's correlation coefficient 0.56, P = 0.01) and deep white matter (Spearman's correlation coefficient 0.63, P = 0.01) leukoaraiosis. Conclusions: Our study confirms the correlation of Pulsatility Index with leukoaraiosis in South-Asian patients. Interestingly, changes in microvascular resistance appeared to be similar for both periventricular and deep white matter leukoaraiosis in spite of potential differences in etiopathogenesis.


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