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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1999 Mar;101(1):1-3.

The significance of routine chest X-ray in acute stroke.

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Department of Neurology, Atrium Medisch Centrum, Heerlen, The Netherlands.


We retrospectively evaluated the significance of making a chest X-ray in the acute stage of a stroke. Forty percent of the chest X-rays were of suboptimal quality. Abnormal chest X-rays were, in part, the reason for consultation of chest specialists in 5%. A chest X-ray in patients with acute stroke should only be performed if there is clinical suspicion of pulmonary or cardiac pathology, not as a routine.

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