Are patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) at increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Hemorrhagic stroke is often caused by rupture of aneurysms that might be a result of vascular injury and tend to occur later in life. Moya moya, a proliferation of small fragile vessels found in patients with stenotic lesions, can also lead to cerebral hemorrhage. Hemorrhagic stroke is associated with a mortality rate of more than 29%.


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