Hypertensive microangiopathy

Hypertensive microangiopathy, also referred to as chronic hypertensive encephalopathy (not to be confused with acute hypertensive encephalopathy, better known as PRES) results from the sustained effects of elevated systemic blood pressure on the brain. 

Radiographic features


The key finding of hypertensive microangiopathy is the presence of microhemorrhages affecting the basal ganglia, pons and cerebellar hemispheres 1. This is, not surprisingly, the same distribution as macroscopic hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhages.

These are best seen on T2* sequences, particularly susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) as small blooming areas of signal loss 1.

Differential diagnosis

There are a number of conditions to be considered:

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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Chronic hypertensive encephalopathy

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