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Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome 

Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome
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Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome
Author(s):

Krystle Shafer

, and Bradley J. Molyneaux

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199375349.003.0004
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date: 29 March 2020

Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome is a rare disorder that causes acute thunderclap headaches due to reversible cerebral ischemia that results from cerebral arterial vasoconstriction. More common in women, there are many identified triggers to this condition including pregnancy and medications. This condition can be tricky to diagnose and usually requires cerebral angiography. Treatment focuses on relieving the vasoconstriction and protection against cerebral ischemia. The vast majority of the patients have no long- lasting complications from this disorder although in rare cases permanent disability and death may occur.

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