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Cryptogenic Cerebral Embolism in Women Taking Oral Contraceptives

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 01 December 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:507
  1. Karin Enzell,
  2. Gunnar Lindemalm


    Fourteen women taking oral contraceptives were admitted during a five-year period because of acute cerebrovascular lesions. A diagnosis of major cerebral embolism was established in four of them. No source of embolism was found, and thorough investigation failed to reveal any predisposing illness. Cerebral embolism was a probable diagnosis in several of the remaining 10 patients. A comparison was made with the strokes occurring in women not taking contraceptive pills in corresponding age groups.