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Amyloid Angiopathy in Brain Hemorrhage: A Postmortem Neuropathological-Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study

Abstract : Background: Risk factors for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) include hypertension and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). The objective of this study was to determine the autopsy prevalence of CAA and the potential overlap with other risk factors among patients who died from ICH and also the correlation of CAA with cerebral microbleeds. Methods: We analyzed 81 consecutive autopsy brains from patients with ICH. Staining for CAA detection was performed. We used an age-and sex-matched control group of routine brain autopsies of nonneurological patients to determine the frequencies of CAA and hypertension. Postmortem 3D T2-weighted gradient-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a 1.5-T magnet was performed in 11 brains with ICH (5 with CAA and 6 without) and histological correlation was performed when microbleeds were detected. Results: Hypertension and CAA were found in 69.1 and 24.7% of cases respectively. Among patients with CAA, 65.0% also had hypertension. The prevalence of CAA was similar among non-hypertensive cases and controls (33.3 and 23.1%; p = 0.54), whereas a significant difference was found between hypertensive cases vs. controls (28.9% vs. 0; p = 0.01). MRI documented 48 microbleeds and all 5 brains with CAA had ≥1 microbleed, compared to 3/6 brains without CAA. Among 48 microbleeds on MRI, 45 corresponded histologically to microbleeds surrounding microvessels (23 <200 µm in diameter , 19 between 200 µm and 2 mm, 3 were hemosiderin granules). Conclusions: Both hypertension and CAA frequently coexist in patients with ICH. MRI-detected micro-bleeds, proven by histological analysis, were twice as common in patients with CAA as in those with hypertensive ICH.
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Céline Guidoux, Jean-Jacques Hauw, Isabelle Klein, Julien Labreuche, Claudine Berr, et al.. Amyloid Angiopathy in Brain Hemorrhage: A Postmortem Neuropathological-Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Cerebrovascular Diseases, Karger, 2018, 45 (3-4), pp.124 - 131. ⟨10.1159/000486554⟩. ⟨inserm-02466164⟩

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