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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Can a closed head injury cause a stroke 2 years later?
There are rare instances where head trauma can leave lasting damage to a blood vessel feeding the brain, and a blood clot can form on the damaged vessel wall to cause a stroke. This is very unlikely to occur once a patient is more than 6 months out from a trauma, because the body is able to "heal" the damaged vessel.
Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati