Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy and Ariel Sharon

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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may have a delicate condition called cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) that makes him particularly prone to strokes. While the condition sounds grim, aging brains often develop CAA. Medpage Today provides an excellent overview of CAA and its effects:

“Cerebral amyloid angiopathy is a silent disease in which diagnosis is made by “P*2 MRI that can detect microhemorrhage,” said Dr. Felberg. “But the only way to absolutely confirm the diagnosis is with a brain biopsy.”

In most cases the MRI scan is follow-up to CT imaging that is “done in the acute setting to differentiate ischemic stroke from hemorrhagic stroke,” Dr. Felberg said. “This is usually done in the emergency room.”



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