Risk of developing parkinsonism increases with severity of cerebral small vessel disease

Takeaway

  • Patients with small vessel disease (SVD) who have higher brain atrophy and increased confluent white matter hyperintensities (WMH) with one or more lacune have greater risk of developing parkinsonism.

Why this matters

  • Severity of SVD indicates greater chance of developing parkinsonism and thereby necessitates thorough evaluation in patients with cerebral SVD.