By Prof. K. A. Jellinger MD (auth.), Prof. Dr. Kurt A. Jellinger, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schmidt, Dr. Manfred Windisch (eds.)
Epidemiological reviews, sleek medical, neuroimaging, neuropsychological, molecular organic, and genetic experiences have significantly better our wisdom approximately ageing procedures of the human mind, its sequelae, diagnostic, and healing chances and boundaries. as well as Alzheimer's disorder and different degenerative dementias, the effect of cerebrovascular lesions and their possibility elements within the pathogenesis of cognitive problems of the elderly are more and more said, and the popularity of gentle cognitive impairment as a common preliminary level of constructing dementia is changing into an more and more very important diagnostic and healing challenge. The incorporated papers have been awarded on the seventh foreign Symposium in Graz, Sept. 2001 and provides a well timed evaluate of the present and destiny ideas of pathogenesis, analysis, and therapy concepts of pathological mind getting older and dementias, early reputation of gentle cognitive impairment and destiny possiblities of prevention of dementing processes.
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1992) separately account for PVC and WMC on a 0-3 point scale. For PVC 0 = no lesion, 1 = caps or pencil thin lining, 2 = smooth halo and 3 = irregular extending into deep white matter. For WMC 0 = no lesion, 1 = punctuate foci, 2 = beginning confluence of foci and 3 = large confluent areas. Further more the scale accounts for the number of WMC quoted 0 = no lesion, 1 = 1-4 lesions, 2 = 5-9 lesions and 3 = more than 9 lesions. , 1991, 1993). , 1993) also accounts separately for WMC and PVC but the assessment is even more detailed.
Rating scale of Wahlund et al. (2001). WMC are evaluated in 5 anatomical regions (frontal, parieto-occipital, temporal, infratentorial, basal ganglia) according a 0-3 point scale Rating score of WMC o 1 2 3 No lesions (Including symmetrical, well defined caps or bands) Focallcsions Beginning confluence of lesions Diffuse involvement of the entire region. With or without involvement of U-flbers Rating score Basal Ganglia Lesions o 1 2 3 No lesions One focal lesion (5 mm or more) More than one focal lesion Confluent lesions WMC white matter changes Table 2.
Moreover, the criteria for rating WMC should be more specifically defined. , 1999). This may especially be difficult for follow up investigations. Another problem may be the low specificity of WMC on the conventional MR image. Hyperintense signal on T2 weighted scans may result from various types of histopathology. e. as one entity. Centres participating in multicentre comparisons should stick with a few scales fulfilling certain criteria: the scales should provide information on the presence, extent and distribution of WMC and they should be tested in regards to their interrater reliability.
Ageing and Dementia Current and Future Concepts by Prof. K. A. Jellinger MD (auth.), Prof. Dr. Kurt A. Jellinger, Prof. Dr. Reinhold Schmidt, Dr. Manfred Windisch (eds.)