Are MRI and MRA important screening tools for sickle cell disease (SCD) in the prevention of primary stroke?

Updated: May 12, 2021
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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According to the 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) primary stroke prevention guidelines, MRI and MRA findings for identifying children with SCD for primary stroke prevention have not been established. As such, these tests are not recommended in lieu of TCD for this purpose. [45]


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