Association Between Serum Cystatin C Level and Total Magnetic Resonance Imaging Burden of Cerebral Small Vessel Disease in Patients With Acute Lacunar Stroke

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with cerebral small vessel disease (cSVD). However, the relationship between serum cystatin C (CysC) level, a highly sensitive marker of impaired kidney function, and cSVD has not been fully understood. This study aimed to investigate the association between serum CysC level and total burden of cSVD on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with acute lacunar stroke.