alexa Medical complications in a comprehensive stroke unit and an early supported discharge service.
Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases

Journal of Infectious Diseases and Diagnosis

Author(s): Indredavik B, Rohweder G, Naalsund E, Lydersen S

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Abstract BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aims of the study were to examine the frequency and timing of predefined medical complications in unselected acute stroke patients treated in an acute comprehensive stroke unit and an early supported discharge service. METHODS: Four hundred eighty-nine acute stroke patients were included and followed up with assessments of 16 prespecified complications during the first week. Two hundred forty-four of the patients were randomly allocated to a 3-month follow-up. RESULTS: During the first week, 312 of 489 patients (63.8\%) experienced 1 or more complications. The most common complications were pain in 117 patients (23.9\%), temperature >or=38 degrees C in 116 (23.7\%), progressing stroke in 90 (18.4\%), urinary tract infection in 78 (16.0\%), troponin T elevation without criteria of myocardial infarction in 57 (11.7\%), chest infections in 55 (11.2\%), nonserious falls in 36 (7.4\%), and myocardial infarction in 22 (4.5\%), whereas stroke recurrence, seizure, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, shoulder pain, serious falls, other infections, and pressure sores were each present in
  • DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.107.489294
  • This article was published in Stroke and referenced in Journal of Infectious Diseases and Diagnosis

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