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J Korean Neurosurg Soc. 2010 Mar;47(3):210-212. English. Case Report.
Byoun HS , Lee YJ , Yi HJ .
Department of Neurosurgery, Hanyang University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
Department of Neuroradiology, Hanyang University Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Sildenafil citrate (Viagra(R); Pfeizer US Pharmaceutical Group, New York, NY, USA) is a potent vasodilating agent to treat male erectile dysfunction. Among its adverse effects, hemorrhagic stroke has not been widely reported yet. We present a case of a 33-year-old healthy man who ingested 50 mg sildenafil a half hour before onset of headache, nervousness and speech disturbance. Head computed tomogram of this stuporous man showed huge intracerebral hemorrhage and thick subarachnoid hemorrhage, but angiography failed to disclose any vascular anomalies. Subsequent surgical procedure was followed, and rehabilitation was provided thereafter. Sildenafil seems to act by redistributing arterial blood flow, and concurrent sympathetic hyperactivity, which lead to such hemorrhagic presentation. Extreme caution should be paid on even in a young adult male patient wven without known risk factors.

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