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A 45-year-old female asked:

hello i had a car accident and my cat scan came up i have mild periventricular white matter disease. can the car accident show pwm this after two day?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Felix Brizuela
Neurology 32 years experience
Not due to accident: this is not due to your accident. YOu need to see a Neurologist. Potential causes of this include long standing hypertension.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Unrelated: The preiventricular white matter disease is unrelated to the accident. As we age to a degree we all have a degree of brain loss. This happens at a capillary level and is essentially microscopic strokes. They are seen in everyone as they get older. If you smoke or have diabetes or HTN they will usually be more pronounced. However, it is a change we all get over time.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Likely pre-existing: not typical pattern of head injury Rather associated with smoking, hypertension, hardening of arteries, diabetes, MS

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Last updated Jun 19, 2018

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