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Neurosurg Focus. 2006 Sep 15;21(3):E2.

Vasospasm as the sole cause of cerebral ischemia: how strong is the evidence?

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106, USA. sherman.stein@uphs.upenn.edu

Abstract

The authors review literature that challenges the view that vasospasm involving large arteries is the exclusive cause of delayed ischemic neurological deficits (DINDs) following subarachnoid hemorrhage. They discuss alternative mechanisms and review the evidence supporting a potential role for thromboembolism. They conclude that vasospasm and thromboembolism play interrelated and additive roles in the development of DINDs, and that this interaction provides opportunities for novel therapeutic approaches.

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