Impact of in utero famine-exposure on risk of intracerebral hemorrhage


  • In utero exposure to famine increases the risk of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in adulthood, with exposure to more severe famine resulting in a greater increase in risk.

Why this matters

  • Prevention is the key to decreasing mortality and morbidity associated with ICH and understanding the multiple underlying risk factors associated with ICH is key to prevention.

  • In utero exposure to the Great Chinese Famine, characterized by malnutrition and stress, increased risk of ICH, and underscores the role of nutrition in susceptibility to this condition.