Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage Risk Factors

Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage Risk Factors

Psychosocial, ethnic, and economic factors play a role in the prevalence of cerebral hemorrhage, with ICH being twice as common in low-income and middle-income countries compared with high-income countries. Other identified risk factors for ICH include age (i.e., each decade from 50 years of age is associated with a 2-fold increase in the incidence of ICH) and an elevated alcohol intake.

Etiologies of ICH to always consider include intracranial aneurysms (typically presenting as subarachnoid hemorrhage); arteriovenous malformations (ICH is the first presentation of AVMs in 60 % of cases); cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and venous infarction; brain tumors (<5 % of all ICH cases) including cerebral metastases (e.g., lung cancer, melanoma, renal cell carcinoma, thyroid carcinoma, and choriocarcinoma) and primary CNS tumors (e.g., glioblastoma multiforme and oligodendrogliomas); and drugs of abuse (e.g., cocaine, amphetamines). Because of the differing etiologies of ICH, a rapid and accurate diagnosis of the underlying etiology of ICH is essential to direct appropriate management strategies.

The most important modifiable risk factor in spontaneous ICH is chronic arterial hypertension:

see Hypertensive intracerebral hemorrhage.

Besides hypertension, cerebrovascular amyloid deposition (i.e., cerebral amyloid angiopathy) is associated with ICH in older patients.

Although cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), which is Aβ deposition in the cerebral vessels, related cerebral hemorrhage rarely develops in young people, several patients with CAA-related cerebral hemorrhage under the age of 55 with histories of neurosurgeries with and without dura mater graft in early childhood have been reported. These patients might show that Aβ pathology is often recognized as Aβ-CAA rather than parenchymal Aβ deposition in the transmission of cerebral β-amyloidosis in humans, and Hamaguchi et al. proposed an emerging concept, “acquired CAA”. Considering that there have been several patients with acquired CAA with an incubation period from neurosurgery and the onset of CAA-related cerebral hemorrhage of longer than 40 years, the number of cases is likely to increase in the future, and detailed epidemiological investigation is required. It is necessary to continue to elucidate the pathomechanisms of acquired CAA and urgently establish a method for preventing the transmission of cerebral β-amyloidosis among individuals 1).

It is a common initial symptom of intracranial vascular malformations.

see Intracerebral hemorrhage from ruptured cerebral arteriovenous malformation.

see Aneurysmal intracerebral hemorrhage.

see Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and venous infarction.

see Spontaneous intracranial hematoma caused by neoplasm.


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Coagulopathies (i.e., the use of antithrombotic or thrombolytic agents, congenital or acquired factor deficiencies) and systemic diseases, such as thrombocytopenia, are possible causes of ICH. The use of oral anticoagulants, especially vitamin K inhibitors (i.e., warfarin), has increased coagulopathy-associated ICH in recent years, accounting for more than 15 % of all cases.

Severe thrombocytopenia can result in petechial hemorrhages or spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

see Anticoagulant Related Intracerebral Hemorrhage.

Intracerebral hemorrhage risk is increased with higher doses than the recommended 100 mg of alteplase (Activase®, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA)) 2) in older patients, in those with anterior MI or higher Killip class, and with bolus administration (vs. infusion) 3).

When heparin was used adjunctively, higher doses were associated with a higher risk of ICH 4) ICH is thought to occur in those patients with some preexisting underlying vascular abnormality 5). Immediate coronary angioplasty is safer than rt-PA when available 6).

Remote supratentorial hematoma soon after posterior fossa surgery for the removal of a space-occupying lesion is a rare but dramatic and dreaded complication, carrying significant morbidity and mortality 7) 8) 9) 10) 11) 12) 13) 14).

see Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome.



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The evidence linking vitamin D (VitD) levels and Spontaneous Intracerebral Hemorrhage Risk Factors remains inconclusive. Szejko et al. tested the hypothesis that lower genetically determined VitD levels are associated with a higher risk of ICH. They conducted a 2-sample Mendelian Randomization (MR) study using publicly available summary statistics from published genome-wide association study of VitD levels (417 580 study participants) and ICH (1545 ICH cases and 1481 matched controls). They used the inverse variance-weighted average method to generate causal estimates and the MR Pleiotropy Residual Sum and Outlier and MR-Egger approaches to assess for horizontal pleiotropy. To account for known differences in their underlying mechanism, we implemented stratified analysis based on the location of the hemorrhage within the brain (lobar or nonlobar). Our primary analysis indicated that each SD decrease in genetically instrumented VitD levels was associated with a 60% increased risk of ICH (odds ratio [OR], 1.60; [95% CI, 1.05-2.43]; P=0.029). They found no evidence of horizontal pleiotropy (MR-Egger intercept and MR Pleiotropy Residual Sum and Outlier global test with P>0.05). Stratified analyses indicated that the association was stronger for nonlobar ICH (OR, 1.87; [95% CI, 1.18-2.97]; P=0.007) compared with lobar ICH (OR, 1.43; [95% CI, 0.86-2.38]; P=0.17). Lower levels of genetically proxied VitD levels are associated with higher ICH risk. These results provide evidence for a causal role of VitD metabolism in ICH 15).

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