Symptomatic hemorrhage after alteplase therapy not due to silent ischemia.
Hill MD., Barber PA., Demchuk AM., Sevick RJ., Frayne R., Buchan AM.
BACKGROUND: Stroke thrombolysis-related intracerebral hemorrhage may occur remotely from the anatomical site of ischemia. One postulated mechanism for this is simultaneous multiple embolization with hemorrhage into a "silent" area of ischemia. RESULTS: A patient suffered a disabling stroke affecting the right cerebral hemisphere. He was treated with intravenous alteplase and underwent extensive early imaging with multimodal MRI. Several hours after treatment he developed a brainstem hemorrhage despite having no evidence of ischemia on DWI MRI in the brainstem. CONCLUSION: Not all occurrences of remote ICH after stroke thrombolysis are secondary to multiple emboli with silent ischemia.