Occult cerebrovascular disease and late-onset epilepsy:could loss of neurovascular unit integrity be a viable model?

Gibson, Lorna M. and Allan, Stuart M. and Parkes, Laura M. and Emsley, Hedley C. A. (2011) Occult cerebrovascular disease and late-onset epilepsy:could loss of neurovascular unit integrity be a viable model? Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011. ISSN 2090-0163

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Abstract

Late-onset epilepsy (LOE) first occurs after 60 years of age and may be due to occult cerebrovascular disease (CVD) which confers an increased risk of stroke. However, patients with late-onset epilepsy are not currently consistently investigated or treated for cerebrovascular risk factors. We discuss how abnormalities of neurovascular unit function, namely, changes in regional cerebral blood flow and blood brain barrier disruption, may be caused by occult cerebrovascular disease but present clinically as late-onset epilepsy. We describe novel magnetic resonance imaging methods to detect abnormal neurovascular unit function in subjects with LOE and controls. We hypothesise that occult CVD may cause LOE as a result of neurovascular unit dysfunction.

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Journal Article
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Cardiovascular Psychiatry and Neurology
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84781
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Deposited On:
21 Feb 2017 10:30
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Yes
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Published
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18 Mar 2020 06:00