Retinal fractals and acute lacunar stroke.
(Journal Article;Multicenter Study)
This study aimed to determine whether retinal fractal dimension, a quantitative measure of microvascular branching complexity and density, is associated with lacunar stroke. A total of 392 patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke had retinal fractal dimension measured from digital photographs, and lacunar infarct ascertained from brain imaging. After adjusting for age, gender, and vascular risk factors, higher retinal fractal dimension (highest vs lowest quartile and per standard deviation increase) was independently and positively associated with lacunar stroke (odds ratio [OR], 4.27; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.49-12.17 and OR, 1.85; 95% CI, 1.20-2.84, respectively). Increased retinal microvascular complexity and density is associated with lacunar stroke.
Cheung, N; Liew, G; Lindley, RI; Liu, EY; Wang, JJ; Hand, P; Baker, M; Mitchell, P; Wong, TY; Multi-Center Retina & Stroke Study Collaborative Group,
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