Tagged: stroke

Stroke and sickle cell anemia

Here are the facts: 1 in 10 children with sickle cell anemia have a stroke before college. Almost 1 in 4 children with sickle cell anemia have “silent strokes” before college. Approximately 100,000 Americans...

The many faces of PRES

Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome Not always posterior, not always reversible, not always associated with encephalopathy. To give you the actual numbers, 75% of cases have frontal and temporal involvement, and a third affect the...

Closing the case on PFO closure

Cryptogenic stroke is the term neurologists use to describe patients with an unknown stroke etiology. (For a quick review, I’d refer you to our earlier episode on the topic.) In a large number of...

Still worsening after stroke?

800,000. That is the number of strokes that occur in the US every year. In approximately one-third of these cases, the  patient’s symptoms will continue to deteriorate several days after onset. And the risk of neurologic deterioration...

When the brain breaks your heart

I am more of a stroke guy myself. As an over-generalization, I see the heart as the organ responsible for maintaining adequate brain function. When the heart fails, the brain fails. But sometimes, we...