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What is chronic periventricular white matter microvascular ischemic disease?

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Dr. Mijail Serruya
Neurology 17 years experience
Patchy insulation: Chronic means this process has been going on for years in the brain. White matter is the part of the brain where the "communication cables" are, and they are "white" because of myelin insulation. The ventricles are fluid-filled "shock absorber" spaces inside the brain. Ischemic means they have been deprived oxygen, microvascular means in tiny blood vessels. Mini-stroke strips off some insulation.
Last updated Jun 20, 2021


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