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Asymptomatic cerebral bleeds in patients with aplastic anemia.
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PMID:  22441845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Several studies suggest that cerebral microbleeds (CMB) seen on gradient echo magnetic resonance imaging (GE-MRI) of brain increase the future risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). We investigated 26 newly diagnosed patients of aplastic anemia (AA) with GE-MRI of brain who were otherwise neurologically asymptomatic. These patients were then further followed up for a period of 6 months for development of overt ICH. The median age of patients was 20.5 years (range 12-40 years). The median values of complete blood counts at the time of diagnosis were hemoglobin 5.7 gm/dl (range 2.5-9.2 gm/dl), white cell count 2,320/μl (800-7,000/μl), and platelet count 11,500/μl (7000-45,000/μl). Three patients were detected to have CMB while two patients had asymptomatic cerebral macrobleeds (>1 cm). During the follow-up period of 6 months, two patients developed spontaneous ICH. None of the two patients had CMB at diagnosis. In conclusion, asymptomatic CMB were found in 11.5 % of patients with AA. The overall prevalence of asymptomatic ICH (CMB & macrobleeds) was 19.2 %. Further studies with larger number of patients are required to clearly delineate the association.
Sudhir Sharma; Pankaj Malhotra; Vivek Lal; Paramjeet Singh; Neelam Varma; Subhash Varma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of hematology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1432-0584     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107334     Medline TA:  Ann Hematol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Internal Medicine, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India.
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