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Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy

A Different Kind of Stroke

Ruth-Sahd, Lisa; Schneider, Melissa

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: August 2018 - Volume 50 - Issue 4 - p 213–217
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000380
Case Study

ABSTRACT When a patient presents with stroke-type symptoms, the correct diagnosis is imperative to determine appropriate treatment. Cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), a buildup of amyloid proteins on the brain artery walls, is a cause of intracerebral hemorrhage. Improved diagnostic criteria and enhanced neuroimaging have resulted in earlier detection of CAA, which will hopefully lead to better outcomes for these patients. More research is being conducted, and neuroscience nurses need to stay informed about this condition to be able to appropriately care for and educate their patients who are diagnosed with CAA.

Lisa Ruth-Sahd, DEd RN CEN CCRN, is Nursing Faculty, York College of Pennsylvania, York, PA.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Melissa Schneider, DNP RN-BC ONC CNRN, at She is a nursing faculty member, York College of Pennsylvania; and Clinical Nurse Educator, Wellspan York Hospital, York, PA.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses