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Rare Form of Stroke Strikes More Often Than Thought: Report
Date:2/3/2011

h a hemorrhage caused by a ruptured brain artery from those associated with CVT. The mechanisms -- and treatment -- of the bleeding are quite different," Saposnik said.

The statement outlined the approach doctors should take to diagnose and manage CVT:

  • Clinical suspicion of CVT.
  • MRI, or alternative imaging technique at hospitals/medical centers with fewer resources.
  • Confirm CVT.
  • Begin anticoagulation therapy (IV Heparin).
  • Continue anticoagulation therapy, lasting three to 12 months to a lifetime.

Other options may be considered in patients who continue to experience neurological deterioration despite medical treatment. These options include surgery to temporarily remove a section of skull to relieve pressure on the brain (hemicraniectomy), or minimally invasive surgery to remove clots in the affected veins (endovascular treatment).

The scientific statement, published in the Feb. 3 issue of Stroke, is endorsed by a number of organizations, including the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Neurological Surgeons.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about stroke.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Heart Association, news release, Feb. 3, 2011


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