Stroke

Abstract

Blood vessels supplying the brain can be either blocked or broken, giving rise to the two kinds of stroke: infarcts and haemorrhages. The symptoms and their permanence depend on how much brain tissue is destroyed and in what location.

Keywords: stroke; blood pressure; ischaemia; atherosclerosis; brain swelling; oedema; aphasia; hemiparesis

Figure 1.

Two types of stroke.

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Further Reading

Auer RN and Benveniste H (1997) Hypoxia and related conditions. In: Graham D, Lantos P (eds) Greenfield's Neuropathology, 6th edition, pp. 263–314. Edward Arnold: London.

Ginsberg MD and Bogousslavsky J (1998) Cerebrovascular Disease, Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Management. Blackwell Scientific Inc.: Malden, MA.

Kalimo H, Kaste M and Haltia M (1997). Vascular diseases. In: Graham D, Lantos P (eds) Greenfield's Neuropathology, 6th edition, pp. 315–396. Edward Arnold: London.

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Auer, Roland N(Jul 2001) Stroke. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0000205]