Two young patients with sickle cell trait (AS haemaglobinopathy) and ischaemic stroke are reported. The stroke involved the internal carotid artery territory in one and the brainstem in the other. A review of the literature is presented to suggest that the association of sickle cell trait and cerebral infarction is more than coincidental. Haemoglobin electrophoresis should be undertaken routinely in young subjects with ischaemic stroke.
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