Early diagnosis could have prevented brain hemorrhage

Tuesday, January 10, 2006 | 
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon slowly began to move his right hand and right leg as doctors continued reducing his anesthesia today. Yet debate arose within the walls of Hadassah Ein Kerem’s Neurology department that Sharon suffered from Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (CAA), a form of brain disease. A physician who formerly worked with Sharon claimed that if doctors diagnosed him after his initial stroke that they would not have prescribed anticoagulant drugs, which greatly increase the risk of strokes and brain hemorrhaging. He claimed that the blood-thinning medication may have led to the hemorrhaging. Ron Krumer, Hadassah’s external affairs director said, “We are busy treating the prime minister and fighting to save his life. We are not dealing with anything else.” Meanwhile, Sharon’s sons played tapes of Mozart, the prime minister’s favorite composer, and brought in shwarma, a Middle Eastern meat wrap, to help stimulate his senses. Photo: Neurosurgeon Dr. Umansky (left) and director of Hadassah, Dr. Shlomo Mor-Yosef at press conference.

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