The most common cause of stroke in children with sickle cell anemia is infarction due to ischemia. In adults, however, stroke is most commonly hemorrhagic in nature. Other causes of stroke in patients with sickle cell disease are very rare. In this short communication, we describe a woman with sickle cell anemia responsive to hydroxyurea (HU) therapy who had primary stroke due to paradoxical embolization caused by a large atrial septal defect. Successful management of the stroke included surgical closure of the defect with trans-esophageal echocardiographic guidance. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first patient with sickle cell anemia and stroke due to congenital heart disease who did not require open heart surgery for successful management.
Recommended CitationBallas, Samir K.; Martinez-Outshoorn, Ubaldo E.; and Savage, Michael P., "Primary stroke in a woman with sickle cell anemia responsive to hydroxyurea therapy." (2014). Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research. Paper 28.