BMJ Case Reports 2012; doi:10.1136/bcr.02.2012.5727
  • Rare disease

Unusual case of subarachnoid haemorrhage in patient with Fabry’s disease: case report and literature review

  1. Cargill H Alleyne Jr1
  1. 1Neurosurgery Department, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Georgia, USA
  2. 2Neurosurgery Department, Medical School of Larissa, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
  1. Correspondence to Dr Cargill H Alleyne, calleyne{at}


Fabry’s disease is a rare, X linked recessive disease affecting 1 in 40 000 persons. The symptoms result from a lack of or a non-functioning enzyme α galactosidase, which leads to globotriaosylceramide accumulation in the walls of blood vessels. Mortality is generally from cardiac or renal complications and death from subarachnoid haemorrhage is distinctly rare. The authors report a man with Fabry’s disease who died after subarachnoid haemorrhage from a progressively enlarging fusiform basilar aneurysm.


  • Competing interests None.

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