Ischemic Stroke Related to Anabolic Abuse / Rodrigo Daniel Santamarina, Ana Gabriela Besocke, Lucas Martin Romano, Pablo Leonardo Ioli, Sergio Eduardo Gonorazky. - (Clinical Neuropharmacology 31 (2008) 2 (March-April); p. 80- 85).
- PMID: 18382179.
- DOI: 10.1097/WNF.0b013e3180ed4485
Anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) abuse increased in recent years, and it is associated with numerous adverse effects. Few reports on ischemic stroke related to anabolic steroid abuse have been published. We report a case of a 26-year-old male amateur athlete who suffered a posterior territory ischemic stroke. No abnormalities were found in angiography and echocardiography studies, neither in hemostatic profile. His only significant risk factor was nonmedical use of stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. Anabolic steroids are capable of increasing vascular tone, arterial tension, and platelet aggregation; therefore, they are prone to produce atherothrombotic phenomena. Because of young people's widespread use of anabolic steroids, physicians should be aware of this kind of complication.