For example, if we saw hydrocephalus routinely and unsuspected in some of these patients, then, hydrocephalus would be a treatable disorder. You could make an argument that we should do more imaging so we won’t miss hydrocephalus. But, for most of the imaging findings they described, aside from the large vessel stroke and the sinus thrombosis, the treatment is not driven by imaging findings.
Diagnostic Imaging: What are the take-away messages? What would you say to the neuroradiologists looking at these images, wondering how they should proceed?
Hess: The take-home message here is that there’s still so much uncertainty. They need to continue to be curious – to look for the MRI findings in this disorder. Maybe if we accumulate more data, we’ll be able to understand if they’re directly related, causally related, or if they’re indirectly related and just an epiphenomenon of having severe respiratory illness.