Binswanger's disease: toward a diagnosis agreement and therapeutic approach. Academic Article uri icon


  • Binswanger's disease (BD) is a progressive form of cerebral small vessel disease affecting the white matter and other subcortical structures. Clinical and imaging characteristics, neuropsychological profile and cerebrospinal fluid analysis aid in making the diagnosis. BD shares features of other small vessel diseases and degenerative neurological conditions, which makes diagnosis difficult. However, with recent developments in MRI methods and serum/cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers, we have gained a greater understanding of the complex pathophysiology of the disease that will guide us to a more certain diagnosis. There is growing evidence that the white matter injury in BD is related to endothelial dysfunction with a secondary inflammatory response leading to breakdown of the neurovascular unit. This review summarizes current and future research directions, including pathophysiological mechanisms and potential therapeutic approaches.

publication date

  • October 2014