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Keywords:

  • brain;
  • genetic disorders;
  • hemorrhage;
  • ischaemic stroke;
  • risk factors;
  • sub-arachnoid hemorrhage

Background

A typology of cerebral vasospasm has been proposed based on distinct clinical manifestations: delayed cerebral ischemia, symptomatic ‘vasospasm’, angiographic vasospasm, and transcranial Doppler vasospasm. We examined each distinct clinical manifestation in a nonparametric genetic association study.

Aims

The purpose of this study was to examine and compare each four distinct acute clinical manifestations and test its perspectives in genetic association studies.

Methods

Two hundred forty-five Caucasian patients with sub-arachnoid hemorrhage were evaluated for these four distinct clinical manifestations along with 906 600 single-nucleotide polymorphisms across the human genome.

Results

The four clinical manifestations were significantly associated with each other as P-values ranged from 3·31 × 10−4 to 8·10 × 10−15. Transcranial Doppler vasospasm showed significant genetic association with single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) (rs999662, P = 3·39 × 10−8). Statistical P-value of rs999662 in association with delayed cerebral ischemia, symptomatic ‘vasospasm’, and angiographic vasospasm was 0·0017, 0·0017, and 0·19, respectively.

Conclusions

Despite different criteria for each of the four clinical manifestations, they are significantly associated with each other. Our results suggest transcranial Doppler vasospasm may be an appropriate intermediate but still clinically relevant phenotype for genetic association studies. Association with SNP rs999662 indicates a potential role for the region containing the solute carrier family 12 member 3 (SLC12A3) gene in transcranial Doppler vasospasm following sub-arachnoid hemorrhage.