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Cerebrovasc Dis. 2006;22(4):245-50. Epub 2006 Jun 20.

Deep vein thrombosis following ischemic stroke among Asians.

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National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore General Hospital Campus, Singapore, Singapore. gnrdsd@sgh.com.sg

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is perceived as uncommon among Asian stroke patients. However, there is a paucity of published data, and thus, we studied the frequency, characteristics and prognosis of DVT following ischemic stroke in Asian patients with lower limb paresis.

METHODS:

Doppler ultrasound scans of the lower limbs were performed at days 7-10 and 25-30 after stroke onset. The functional status of patients was assessed at 6 months using the modified Rankin scale.

RESULTS:

DVT was detected in 30% of patients at days 7-10 and in 45% of patients at days 25-30. Most thromboses were distal. There were significant associations of age and degree of weakness with the presence of DVT at days 25-30, but not at days 7-10. DVT in the first month after stroke was associated with poorer outcome at 6 months.

CONCLUSIONS:

DVT following ischemic stroke among Asians is common and associated with poor functional outcome.

PMID:
16788297
DOI:
10.1159/000094011
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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