Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome

Louis R. Caplan

in Stroke

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Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199739141
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322978 | DOI:

Series: What Do I Do Now

Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome

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Protracted multifocal narrowing and dilatation of intracranial arteries, usually referred to as Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome (RCVS) is common, many times more often encountered than cerebral vasculitis. Women are affected more often than men, and the postpartum and early menopausal periods are frequent times of onset. The onset is often abrupt, with a so-called thunderclap severe headache, and headaches recur in the days and weeks after onset.

Chapter.  1141 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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