Ischaemic stroke provoked by sexual intercourse

Rocco Salvatore Calabrò, Alessandro Pezzini, Carmela Casella, Placido Bramanti, Onofrio Triolo

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Abstract

The association between long term risk factors and stroke has been well established, but very little is known about factors that may precipitate acute stroke. We describe two young women presenting with ischaemic stroke triggered by sexual intercourse. Patient 1 presented with a cardioembolic stroke probably secondary to the interaction between a patent foramen ovale and thrombophilic abnormalities; Patient 2, presenting with orgasmic headache, had a cryptogenic striatocapsular infarct. Sexual intercourse should be considered as an unusual, but possible, trigger of cerebral ischaemia, especially in young patients presenting with cryptogenic stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1317
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Volume20
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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Keywords

  • Genetic thrombophilia
  • PFO
  • Sexual headache
  • Sexual intercourse
  • Vasoconstriction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)

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