Cerebral amyloid angiopathy-associated lobar intracerebral haemorrhage

Case contributed by Dr Mark Rodrigues


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Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Male

Acute left frontal haematoma involving the cortex and subcortical white matter. There is localised and subarachnoid haemorrhage.  No subdural, extradural or intraventricular component. The haemtoma has a regular contour with no finger-like projections.

Mild mass effect.

Further subacute left frontal haemorrhage. Bifrontal gliotic regions ion keeping with previous infarcts (haemorrhage or ischaemic). Minor periventricular low attenuation in keeping with small vessel disease.  Mild generalised cerebral volume loss.

Large area of signal drop out on the blood sensitive sequences consistent with the left frontal haematoma. The other bifrontal abnormalities have signal drop out in keeping with further haematomata. There is superficial siderosis overlying the both cerebral hemispheres and multiple cerebral microbleeds.  No other macrohaemorrhages or deep microbleeds.

Mild periventricular white matter hyperintensities, basal ganglia and centrum semiovale enlarged perivascular spaces and mild generalised cerebral volume loss.

New bilateral frontal/parietal acute haematomata with acute cerebral convexity subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Previously demonstrated bilateral cerebral haematomata now have a subacute appearance. Further acute bilateral lobar haemorrhages with acute subarachnoid haemorrhage

Case Discussion

Left frontal lobar haemorrhage with involvement of the cortex and extension into the subarachnoid space. Background changes of multiple old lobar haemorrhages and cortical superficial siderosis. Mild small vessel disease (enlarged perivascular spaces and white matter hyperintensities) and atrophy. Multiple recurrent lobar haemorrhages with subarachnoid haemorrhage.

Lobar intracerebral haemorrhage is frequently attributed to small vessel diseases (cerebral amyloid angiopathy or arteriolosclerosis).  Differentiating lobar haemorrhage due to cerebral amyloid angiopathy and arteriolosclerosis is important due to differences in recurrent ICH and post-stroke dementia risk (higher with CAA-associated ICH).

The initial CT shows subarachnoid haemorrhage but no finger-like projections from the haematoma. The patient possessed at least one APOE e4 allele. Therefore they are high risk for CAA-associated ICH on the Edinburgh CT and genetic diagnostic criteria for lobar intracerebral haemorrhage associated with cerebral amyloid angiopathy.

This patient has a multiple lobar macrohaemorrhages and cortical superficial siderosis and so is probable CAA on the modified Boston criteria.


PATHOLOGY: Post mortem showed multiple intracerebral haemorrhages of different ages with subarachnoid haemorrhage.  Multiple microbleeds are present. The vessels in the leptomeninges and cortex show extensive cerebral amyloid angiopathy along with capillary amyloid deposition. Parenchymal amyloid deposition is present but not as prominent as would be expected for the degree of vascular amyloid.

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rID: 58529
Published: 22nd Feb 2018
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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Institution: University of Edinburgh

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