Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Explaining White Matter Disease

Tuesday, 13 Mar 2012 11:53 AM

Question: I have been diagnosed using an MRI with small vessel ischemic disease and white matter disease. Can you explain those illnesses?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
This really means a long standing decreased blood flow within the small arteries in the brain. This is picked up in MRI scans and may occur on otherwise normal persons too. It is commonly seen in scans of older people, with high blood pressure and or diabetes, migraine sufferers. Some studies have reported this finding could also increase risk for dementia, so it is best to consult with a specialist who will obtain a detailed history and follow up your case.

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