ST. PAUL, MN - Riding roller coasters may increase the risk of developing potentially harmful blood clots on the brain’s surface, according to a case study in the January 11 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. These blood clots can compress the brain and may lead to permanent brain damage, seizures or in some cases death. Researchers report a case of a healthy 24-year-old Japanese woman who developed blood clots on the brain’s surface, known as subdural hematomas, after riding several roller coasters while spending the day at a Japanese amusement park. While at the park she rode the Fujiyama, one of the highest and fastest roller coasters in the world. “Although it is rare for people to develop subdural hematomas after riding roller coasters, it can happen,” said neurologist and study author Toshio Fukutake, MD, of Chiba University School of Medicine in Japan. “We suspect that many cases have been overlooked.
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