Microthrombosis: A Contributing Factor to the Progression of Cerebral Infarction in Man

  • J. Cervos-Navarro
  • J. Figols
  • G. Ebhardt
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Eighty percent of strokes are the consequence of cerebral infarcts resulting from occlusion of a large vessel (Cervos-Navarro, 1980). Furthermore, non-occlusive mural thrombi can be the source of emboli and of embolic cerebral infarcts in the territories of major cerebral arteries. Various diseases affecting the whole organism can lead to micro-thrombosis of brain vessels, such as polycythemia vera, leukaemia, consumption coagulopathy, etc. Relatively little attention has been paid to the role of microthrombosis in progressive stroke. A significance of microthrombosis has only been considered in watershed infarcts (Romanul and Abramowic, 1964). We have focussed our attention on the role of microthrombosis as a possible factor of further progression of brain infarcts.


Cerebral Infarction Polycythemia Vera Consumption Coagulopathy Meningeal Vessel Watershed Infarct 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Cervos-Navarro
    • 1
  • J. Figols
    • 1
  • G. Ebhardt
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Neuropathology, Klinikum SteglitzFree University of BerlinBerlin 45Germany

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