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Parkinson's Disease

Small Vessel Ischemic Changes

03/08/2010

Question:

My brain mri found small vessel ischemic changes. Does this indicate Parkinson`s disease. Main symptoms I have are balance problems and falling. I`m 56 yrs old. And also told these vessel changes mean nothing.

Answer:

Small vessel ischemic changes is a very non-specific finding and is not related to Parkinson's disease. This is something often correlated to hardening of the arteries. Generally, a routine brain MRI is normal in idiopathic Parkinson's disease.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University