Stroke in Critically Ill Cancer Patients

  • Ritvij Bowry
  • James C. GrottaEmail author
Reference work entry


Stroke and cancer have significant morbidity and mortality with heterogeneous risk factors. While conventional risk factors such as atherosclerosis and cardiac disease are important mechanisms in the occurrence of stroke, cancer is an unconventional risk factor that leads to both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in a myriad of ways. Although cancer-associated strokes have unique underlying mechanisms, the clinical features, diagnosis, and management scheme are similar for non-cancer-associated strokes. Prognosis is complex and is dependent on the stage and type of cancer, expected treatment course, and stroke burden.


Cancer Stroke Tissue plasminogen activator Ischemic stroke Intracerebral hemorrhage Hypercoagulability Arterial embolism Venous thromboembolism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Division of Neurocritical careMcGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Clinical Innovation and Research InstituteMemorial Hermann HospitalHoustonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Yenny Cardenas
    • 1
  1. 1.Critical Care DepartmentUniversidad del Rosario Hospital Universitario Fundacion Santa Fe deBogotaColombia

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