HAROLD STEVENS, Ph.D., M.D., F.A.C.P.
The spontaneous occurrence of cerebrovascular accidents in normotensive healthy individuals is contrary to the conventional notion that arteriosclerotic and occlusive vascular disease of the brain is a phenomenon of old age. Yet strokes in the young are not rare. Thirty-two such cases in young adults and two in children have been encountered by the author in private neurologic practice in the last seven years.
Acute hemiplegia and other focal neurologic manifestations characterize this group. The ages range from five and one-half years to 45 years, the arbitrary cut-off point of this selection. No cases are included that had traumatic, infectious,
STEVENS H. SPONTANEOUS STROKES IN THE YOUNG1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:1022–1034. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-5-1022
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(5):1022-1034.
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