The impact of white matter hyperintensities on long-range fiber damage and aphasia severity

Takeaway

  • White matter hyperintensities (WMH) are associated with damage to long-range white matter fibers and lead to worse aphasia in chronic stroke.

Why this matters

    Understanding the mechanisms underlying WMH will aid in identification of patients at risk for decreased functional outcome, will improve stroke rehabilitation and recovery, and will assist in the development of prevention and treatment strategies.