Periventricular leukomalasia (PVL) is a type of brain injury. PVL actually represent small “holes” in the brain due to the death of small areas of brain tissue around the normal fluid-filled cavities of the brain. PVL is frequently associated with the development of neurological and developmental problems in growing babies, usually during the first to second year of life.
Reviewed last on: 11/8/2006
A.D.A.M. Medical Illustration Team: Meredith Nienkamp, M.S.M.I., Dan Johnson, M.S.M.I., Lisa Higginbotham, M.S.M.I. Review also provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.