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Gerstmann syndrome complicating polycythemia secondary to anabolic steroid use


Anabolic steroid use is prevalent among athletes and bodybuilders. There are known cardiovascular, reproductive, musculoskeletal and neuropsychiatric risks associated with their prolonged use. Although there have been very few documented cases of strokes associated with anabolic steroid use, cardiomyopathy and secondary erythropoiesis can increase the risk of strokes in users with no other risk factors. We present a 49-year-old man with left parietal ischaemic stroke with haemorrhagic conversion resulting in Gerstmann syndrome secondary to a hypercoagulable state from chronic anabolic steroid use.

  • stroke
  • neurological injury
  • public health
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