BMJ Case Reports 2013; doi:10.1136/bcr-2012-008047

Simultaneous hypertensive intracerebral haemorrhages: what are the odds?

  1. Osama S M Amin
  1. Department of Neurology, Sulaimaniya General Teaching Hospital, Sulaimaniya City, Iraq
  1. Correspondence to Dr Osama S M Amin, dr.osama.amin{at}


The simultaneous development of two (or more) spontaneous, hypertensive, non-traumatic intraparenchymal cerebral haemorrhages is rare and constitutes less than 5.6% of all hypertensive cerebral haemorrhages. In addition to having a high early mortality, these haemorrhages carry a considerable morbidity figure in patients who survive the event. We report a 68-year-old hypertensive and diabetic woman who presented with a sudden onset of headache, vomiting, and dense right-sided weakness. In less than an hour, she became obtunded. An urgent non-contrast CT brain scan revealed two left-sided supratentorial hemispheric haemorrhages; putamenal and thalamic.

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