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Event: 1875

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Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)

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AOPs Including This Key Event

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AOP Name Role of event in AOP Point of Contact Author Status OECD Status
Sars-CoV-2 causes stroke AdverseOutcome Agnes Aggy (send email) Under development: Not open for comment. Do not cite Under Development

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human Homo sapiens NCBI

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Life stage Evidence
Old Age

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Key Event Description

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A stroke or cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is the result of an acute disruption of the cerebral perfusion or vasculature (Khaku and Tadi, 2020). The majority of strokes are of ischemic origin and only a small percent of hemorrhagic origin. Ischemic stroke can be further characterised into embolic, thrombotic, and lacunar.

Lacunar strokes result from disruption of the small penetrating branches of the middle cerebral artery, vertebral or basilar artery or the lenticulostriate vessels. Most common causes of lacunar strokes include microemboli and fibrinoid necrosis secondary to vasculitis.

Hemorrhagic etiologies can be from aneurysm rupture, arteriovenous malformations, venous angiomas, bleeding due to drugs.

In general, the common risk factors for stroke include hypertension, diabetes, smoking, obesity, atrial fibrillation, and drug use.

Patients with CVD can show any of the following symptoms

  • Disturbance of consciousness (e.g. not alert and responsive, arouses to noxious stimuli, comatose…)
  • Language difficulties in fluency, naming, comprehension and repetition 
  • Dysarthria (slurring)
  • Motor deficits (e.g. subtle arm weakness)
  • Visual field deficits
  • Eye movement abnormalities
  • Facial paralysis
  • Ataxia
  • Nausea,
  • Vomiting
  • Vertigo

Based on the symptoms, the localisation of the stroke in brain areas can be diagnosed and also support the categorisation to the following stroke syndromes: a) Anterior Cerebral Artery (ACA) Infarction, b) Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) Infarction, c) Posterior Cerebral Artery (PCA) Infarction and c) Cerebellar Infarction.

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It is detected by clinical examination stat non-contrasted head computed tomogram (CT) or a combination of head CT, CT Angiography, and perfusion imaging (Khaku and Tadi, 2020).

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Regulatory Significance of the Adverse Outcome

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List of the literature that was cited for this KE description. More help

Khaku AS, Tadi P. (2020) Cerebrovascular Disease. In: StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from: