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Expert Rev Neurother. 2013 Feb;13(2):167-75. doi: 10.1586/ern.13.15.

Commonly asked questions in the management of perioperative stroke.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Maywood, IL 60153, USA.


Certain surgical interventions increase stroke risk. Perioperative stroke significantly increases perioperative morbidity and mortality. Several interventions, such as perioperative continuation of antithrombotic therapy during selected surgical interventions, may decrease stroke risk without significantly increasing rates of adverse effects. Commonly asked questions in the management of perioperative stroke includes: What are the mechanisms of perioperative stroke? What are the stroke risk factors and perioperative risks? What is the perioperative stroke risk with discontinuation of antithrombotic medications? What risk modifications strategies can be implemented to decrease perioperative stroke risk? What is the role of neuroimaging in the management of perioperative stroke? What is the evidence for the management of perioperative acute ischemic stroke? This article provide an evidence-based review to these questions and comments on potential interventions in the management of these patients.

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