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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2000 Nov;69(5):649-51.

Characteristics of falling in patients with stroke.

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  • 1Osmangazi University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Meselik Campus, 26480 Eskişehir, Turkey.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the risk factors for falling after stroke, to establish the relation with lesion localisation, and to evaluate the incidence of falling.

METHODS:

The falling history and the mood of 293 patients with stroke were investigated by a standard questionnaire. Other information (time since stroke, risk factors, and CT) about patients was obtained from their hospital records.

RESULTS:

Increasing age, depression, and heart disease were significant risk factors for falling (heart disease had a negative influence). A right hemispheric infarct was significantly more common among the falling group.

CONCLUSION:

This study suggests clues for possible modifications of the management of patients with stroke during the recovery period.

PMID:
11032620
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PMCID:
PMC1763385
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