Journal article

Dynamic Regional Brain Atrophy Rates in the First Year After Ischemic Stroke

Amy Brodtmann, Mohamed Salah Khlif, Natalia Egorova, Michele Veldsman, Laura J Bird, Emilio Werden

Stroke | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Brain atrophy can be regarded as an end-organ effect of cumulative cardiovascular risk factors. Accelerated brain atrophy is described following ischemic stroke, but it is not known whether atrophy rates vary over the poststroke period. Examining rates of brain atrophy allows the identification of potential therapeutic windows for interventions to prevent poststroke brain atrophy. METHODS: We charted total and regional brain volume and cortical thickness trajectories, comparing atrophy rates over 2 time periods in the first year after ischemic stroke: within 3 months (early period) and between 3 and 12 months (later period). Patients with first-ever or recurrent ische..

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