Diagnosis and therapy in acute stroke: A rehabilitation center viewpoint

M. Motin, J. Streifler, A. Tsur, H. Ring

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Abstract

The extent of the diagnostic work-up of patients with acute stroke was evaluated in 101 patients admitted for rehabilitation during a 4-month period in 1997. This included specific blood tests and neuro- and cardiac imaging, and compared the extent of work-up in a community hospital versus a rehabilitation center. Comparisons were also made with similar investigations 10 and 20 years earlier. Results demonstrated that the trend to admit younger stroke patients (< 50 years) to neurological (as opposed to medical) departments observed between 1977-1987 persisted in 1997. The use of CT scan increased dramatically from 1977 to 1987 (19% vs 78%), and in 1997 was actually 100% The use of carotid duplex and echocardiography increased steadily during the 3 decades reaching 26% and 28% respectively. Tests for thrombophilia were seldom done. However, in neurological departments it was done in about 50% of the younger stroke patients. In neurology departments carotid duplex was done 2 to 3 times more often than in medical departments. During rehabilitation imaging tests were done once or more in almost half the patients. The results and those of additional blood tests, have led to modification of anti-thrombotic treatment in 14% of the younger group and 4% of the older group. We have clearly shown that while stroke work-up has become more comprehensive in recent years, there is still much to do in this field. Stroke units or teams in our general hospitals will increase stroke awareness, improve work-up and hasten definitive treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalHarefuah
Volume140
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2001

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