Stroke and seizure continue to be the major brunt of in patient neurology care: An observation from teaching hospital

Azra Zafar*, Majed Alabdali, Rizwana Shahid, Danah Aljaafari, Fahd A. Al-khamis, Aishah I. Albakr, Saima Nazish, Abdulla A. Al Sulaiman, Alon Abraham

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Objectives: To assess the burden and describe the pattern of neurological disorders requiring admissions in a teaching hospital of Al Khobar. Methods: This is a retrospective, cross sectional study, carried out in the Neurology Department of King Fahd Hospital of the University from January 2009 to December 2016. Neurological disorders were grouped as ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, transient ischemic attack, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, seizure disorders, central nervous system infection, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, myopathies, headache, dementia and miscellaneous group. Data was entered and analyzed by Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) version 22.0 IBM Corp., Armonk, NY, (USA) Results: The records of 1,317 patients admitted under Neurology Service were analyzed. Out of that, (740 56.2%) were male and (577 43.8%) were female. Mean age was 46.9±24 years mean±standard deviation) Ischemic stroke was the most common diagnosis (32%) followed by seizures (20%) Multiple sclerosis accounted for around 8% and central nervous system infections 5% of neurological admission. Conclusion: Ischemic stroke was found to be the most common etiology for hospitalization in our study. The results of our study are similar to previous literature. An urgent need to control major risk factors such as diabetes and hypertension is warranted to minimize the burden of stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-17
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes


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