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TIA's and CVA

Reader comment on item: [After Sharon:] Israeli Politics Will Revert to Its Past
in response to reader comment: Brilliant idea, not a "monumental mistake"

Submitted by y brandstetter MD (Israel), Jan 8, 2006 at 15:09

Now that we know that Sharon was prone to TIA's and CVA, there is a far-fetched but plausible way to explain his behavior in the last two years, inclusive of his inability to explain his flip-flops.

Suppose he had such a TIA two years ago, which affected his judgment? He would not be aware since it could have been in his sleep, or it was not witnessed or not reported by his coterie. To think that this whole miserable flop hinged on a few platelets!

Now, Sharon had an MRI right after his first public TIA. The results were reported as normal in the general irrational exuberance to kick-start Kadima. I think it would be reasonable to have the disk of that MRI examined by an an independent neuro-radiologist, in a double-blind fashion, to look for signs of previous TIA's in the appropriate neural sites, mainly frontal lobe.

If it turns out that such lacunae exist, it will cause an enormous upheaval in the interpretation of the events of the last two years.

Yuval Brandstetter MD

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