Hua-Shan Liu1, Abbas Jawad1, Nina Laney1, Robert Schultz1, Christos Davatzikos1, Divya Moodalbail1, Susan Furth1, John A. Detre1
1University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is associated with systematic changes of physiological factors that can alter cerebral blood flow (CBF) and brain function. In the present study, we demonstrated the feasibility of measuring CBF with arterial spin labeling in pediatric patients with CKD. Our findings indicated that hematocrit is the most significant determinant of CBF changes. A deviation of correlation between age and white matter CBF observed in pediatric CKD patients may reflect developmental changes in regional brain function as compared with control subjects.