Binswanger's Disease (cont.)
In this Article
- What is Binswanger's disease and what causes it?
- What are the symptoms of Binswanger's disease?
- How is Binswanger's disease diagnosed?
- Is there any treatment for Binswanger's disease?
- What is the prognosis for Binswanger's disease?
- What research is being done on Binswanger's disease?
- Find a local Neurologist in your town
How is Binswanger's disease diagnosed?
Brain imaging, which reveals the characteristic brain lesions of Binswanger's disease, is essential for a positive diagnosis.
Is there any treatment for Binswanger's disease?
There is no specific course of treatment for Binswanger's disease. Treatment is symptomatic.
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