The global burden of cerebral small vessel disease in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Bonnie Yin Ka Lam, Yuan Cai, Rufus Akinyemi, Geert Jan Biessels, Hilde van den Brink, Christopher Chen, Chin Wai Cheung, King Ngai Chow, Henry Kwun Hang Chung, Marco Duering, Siu Ting Fu, Deborah Gustafson, Saima Hilal, Vincent Ming Ho Hui, Rajesh Kalaria, SangYun Kim, Maggie Li Man Lam, Frank Erik de Leeuw, Ami Sin Man Li, Hugh Stephen Markus, Anna Marseglia, Huijing Zheng, John O’Brien, Leonardo Pantoni, Perminder Singh Sachdev … & Vincent Chung Tong Mok
Background:Cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD) is a major cause of stroke and dementia. Previous studies on the prevalence of cSVD are mostly based on single geographically defined cohorts in high-income countries. Studies investigating the prevalence of cSVD in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are expanding but have not been systematically assessed.Aim:This study aims to systematically review the prevalence of cSVD in LMICs.Results:Articles were searched from the Ovid MEDLINE and EMBASE databases from 1 January 2000...
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