Perivascular space

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Incidental finding.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Female

This patient was being evaluated for dementia. There is a mild brain atrophy, but no relevant specific features. A left perivascular space enlargement is noted within a vessel. 

Annotated image

Enlarged perivascular space. 

Case Discussion

Perivascular spaces, also known as Virchow-Robin spaces, are pial lined interstitial fluid filled spaces that surround perforating vessels. They do not have a direct connection with the subarachnoid space and in fact the fluid within them is slightly different.

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Case information

rID: 37721
Published: 24th Jun 2015
Last edited: 10th Sep 2015
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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