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An 82-year-old female with history of hypertension, atrial fibrillation and rectosigmoid cancer status postoperation without recurrence had a sudden onset of right hemiparesis and aphasia. She had regularly taken irbesartan, atenolol, propafenone and indapamide. On arrival at the emergency room, she was globally aphasic and had right hemiparesis, hemihypoaesthesia and homonymous hemianopia. Her initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale Score was 20. Head CT 65 min after onset of symptoms showed a left hyperdense middle cerebral artery sign. A left middle cerebral artery infarction was diagnosed. She received recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) (alteplase, 0.75 mg/kg) 140 min after onset of …
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