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Stroke - vertigo

01/26/2007

Question:

I had a severe episode of vertigo - diagnosed as possible Meniere`s disease or labrynthitis - had an MRI with the following findings: milde periventricular and subcoritcal white matter signal abnormality related to microvasular disease. Impression: Microvascular disease without acute infarct. What is microvascular disease? If I had a small stroke would anything show up on the MRI? Thank you

Answer:

I have written extensively about white matter disease (also called small vessel ischemic changes, periventricular white matter disease, or leukoariosis).  Please refer to previous answers to learn about what this means when seen on an MRI (and the MRI report).

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati