Trending Clinical Topics for May 2018

Ryan Syrek

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June 01, 2018

Clinical Trend of the Week (May 19-25): Brain Hemorrhage

A new study presented at the European Stroke Organisation Conference, along with the condition of two international sports figures, combined to increase the popularity of this week's top search term. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that combination antiplatelet therapy with clopidogrel and aspirin may lower the risk for recurrent stroke during the initial 3 months after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor ischemic stroke; however, the risk for major hemorrhage increased. Given the high risk for stroke in the period following a TIA or minor stroke, the small risk for major bleeding (primarily systemic hemorrhage) associated with the treatment protocol must be balanced. In news outside of the medical world, Danny Farquhar, a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, visited his teammates for the first time this week after collapsing in the dugout with a brain hemorrhage last month. His neurosurgeon has understandably not yet set a timetable for when, or if, Farquhar will return to action after an aneurysm in his brain ruptured in mid-April. Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary coach of English Premier League football team Manchester United, was recently rushed to the hospital for a brain hemorrhage. Ferguson reportedly responded well to surgery, speaking with his family for a short while and leaving intensive care. From the sports fields to the field of medicine, plenty of attention was focused on brain bleeding, resulting in this week's top search term.

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