Cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy, usually called CADASIL, is an inherited condition that causes stroke and other impairments. This condition affects blood flow in small blood vessels, particularly cerebral vessels within the brain.
HOW IS CEREBRAL AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT ARTERIOPATHY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosing the symptoms of this condition is not always easy as an effective diagnosis will require a biopsy of a sample of brain tissue. Normal physical examination along with a CT scan and imaging tests can be conducted by a neurologyspecialist if the condition is suspected.
HOW IS CEREBRAL AUTOSOMAL DOMINANT ARTERIOPATHY TREATED?
No specific treatment is available. However, antiplatelet agents such as aspirin, dipyridamole or clopidogrel might slow down the disease and help prevent strokes. Stopping oral contraceptive pills is advice. Aggressive treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolemia is done.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy is a dominantly inherited disease that was first described in the early 1990s in a Swedish family.