Timing of Direct Enteral Tube Placement and Outcomes after Acute Stroke

Background: Direct enteral feeding tube (DET) placement for dysphagia after stroke is associated with poor outcomes. However, the relationship between timing of DET placement and poststroke mortality and disability is unknown. We sought to determine the risk of mortality and severe disability in patients who receive DET at different times after stroke. Methods: We used the Ontario Stroke Registry and linked administrative databases to identify patients with acute ischemic stroke or intracerebral hemorrhage between 2003 and 2013 who received DET (gastrostomy or jejunostomy) during their hospital admission.
Source: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases - Category: Neurology Authors: Source Type: research

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Serum creatinine/cystatin C ratio could be used as a predictor of long ‐term poor prognosis in neurocritically ill patients, and it was associated with body mass index, the length of stay in neurocritical care unit, duration of mechanical ventilation, and risk of tracheotomy as well. AbstractObjectiveTo explore the predictive value of serum creatinine (Cr) to cystatin C (CysC) ratio in neurocritically ill patients.MethodsWe conducted a retrospectively observational study of adult patients admitted to a neurocritical care unit (NCU) between Jan 2013 and Jan 2017. Patients were excluded if
Source: Brain and Behavior - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
Ischemic stroke is among the leading causes of disability and death worldwide. In acute ischemic stroke, the rapid recanalization of occluded cranial vessels is the primary therapeutic aim. However, experimental data (obtained using mostly the transient middle cerebral artery occlusion model) indicates that progressive stroke can still develop despite successful recanalization, a process termed “reperfusion injury.” Mounting experimental evidence suggests that platelets and T cells contribute to cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury, and ischemic stroke is increasingly considered a thrombo-inflammatory disease. ...
Source: Frontiers in Immunology - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
In this study, AT1-AAs were detected in the sera of patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and the positive rate was 44.44% vs. 17.46% in non-PAD volunteers. In addition, analysis showed that AT1-AAs level was positively correlated with PAD. To reveal the causal relationship between AT1-AAs and vascular aging, an AT1-AAs-positive rat model was established by active immunization. The carotid pulse wave velocity was higher, and the aortic endothelium-dependent vasodilatation was attenuated significantly in the immunized rats. Morphological staining showed thickening of the aortic wall. Histological examination showe...
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AbstractThe optimal management of oral anticoagulation (OAC) in the acute phase of non valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF)-related acute ischemic stroke (AIS) remains controversial, especially in very old patients. Therefore, the aim of our study was to evaluate the practical management of OAC in this context. We conducted an observational retrospective study on patients 85-years old and older admitted to two Italian hospitals for NVAF-related AIS. For each patient, clinical and brain computed tomography data were recorded. Type of OAC (vitamin K antagonists, VKAs or Direct Oral Anticoagulants, DOACs), dosage and starting ...
Source: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 October 2019Source: Life SciencesAuthor(s): Jenq-Lin Yang, Yun-Ru Yang, Shang-Der ChenAbstractStroke is the major cause of adult disability and the second or third leading cause of death in developed countries. The treatment options for stroke (thrombolysis or thrombectomy) are restricted to a small subset of patients with acute ischemic stroke because of the limited time for an efficacious response and the strict criteria applied to minimize the risk of cerebral hemorrhage. Attempts to develop new treatments, such as neuroprotectants, for acute ischemic stroke have been costly and tim...
Source: Life Sciences - Category: Biology Source Type: research
Background and purpose: Stroke is a leading cause of death and acquired disability in adults today. Inflammation plays an important role in the pathophysiology of stroke. The peripheral neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) is an important global inflammatory indicator becoming more mainstream in stroke care. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate the relationship between the baseline NLR and acute ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as define the clinical significance of NLR in subtypes of ischemic stroke.Methods: This meta-analysis was registered in PROSPERO with the number CRD42018105305. We went through relevant artic...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: J Biomed Mater Res A Source Type: research
Background: Optimal timing to initiate anticoagulation after acute ischemic stroke (AIS) from atrial fibrillation (AF) is currently unknown. Compared to other stroke etiologies, AF typically provokes larger infarct volumes and greater concern of hemorrhagic transformation, so seminal randomized trials waited weeks to months to begin anticoagulation after initial stroke. Subsequent data are limited and non-randomized. Guidelines suggest anticoagulation initiation windows between 3 and 14 days post-stroke, with Class IIa recommendations, and level of evidence B in the USA and C in Europe.Aims: This open-label, parallel-group...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
ConclusionBetter understanding is needed of the risk factors underlying this worrying trend.Clinical service providers will need to adapt to better deal with the challenges specific to stroke at younger age.
Source: Age and Ageing - Category: Geriatrics Source Type: research
Conclusion: This case report suggests that further randomized studies may evaluate whether repeated IVtPA may be safe and effective in ERS occurring shortly after a previous stroke when patients experience a period of complete neurological regression, minor disability, and a small infarct volume. Should the hypothesis be confirmed, small volume core and wide volume penumbra at perfusion CT may support the decision of adopting IVtPA repetition.
Source: The Neurologist - Category: Neurology Tags: Case Report/Case Series Source Type: research
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