Superficial siderosis: A case report and review of the literature

Michael Levy, Christine Turtzo, Rafael H. Llinas

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Background: A 48-year-old man with a past history of a car-accident-induced coma at the age of 3 years and spontaneous bilateral subdural hematomas at the age of 34 years presented with a 2-year history of worsening gait difficulties, clumsiness and dysarthria. CT scans of the brain taken during the 6 months leading up to his presentation had revealed chronic subarachnoid hemorrhage, but angiograms had not been able to identify the source of bleeding. Investigations: Neurological examination, brain MRI scan, lumbar puncture, four-vessel cerebral angiogram and spinal angiogram. Diagnosis: Superficial siderosis; a complete review of the current literature on the condition is provided. Management: Iron chelating agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-58
Number of pages5
JournalNature Clinical Practice Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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