Variability in Motor and Language Recovery during the Acute Stroke Period

Background: Most stroke recovery occurs by 90 days after onset, with proportional recovery models showing an achievement of about 70% of the maximal remaining recovery. Little is known about recovery during the acute stroke period. Moreover, data are described for groups, not for individuals. In this observational cohort study, we describe for the first time the daily changes of acute stroke patients with motor and/or language deficits over the first week after stroke onset. Methods: Patients were enrolled within 24-72 h after stroke onset with upper extremity hemiparesis, aphasia, or both, and were tested daily until day 7 or discharge with the upper-extremity Fugl-Meyer Assessment of Motor Recovery after Stroke, the Boston Naming Test, and the comprehension domain from the Western Aphasia Battery. Discharge scores, and absolute and proportional changes were examined using t-tests for pairwise comparisons and linear regression to determine relative contributions of initial impairment, lesion volume, and age to recovery over this period. Results: Thirty-four patients were enrolled: 19 had motor deficits alone, 8 had aphasia alone, and 7 had motor and language deficits. In a group analysis, statistically significant changes in absolute scores were found in the motor (p
Source: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra - Category: Neurology Source Type: research

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Source: Aphasiology - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research - Category: Rehabilitation Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research
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Source: International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders - Category: Speech-Language Pathology Authors: Tags: Int J Lang Commun Disord Source Type: research
Conditions:   Aphasia;   Stroke Intervention:   Behavioral: Intention Treatment for Anomia Sponsor:   VA Office of Research and Development Not yet recruiting
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
AbstractTests and batteries used in the evaluation of language impairments are overly complex and often ineffective (too difficult) in the assessment of post-stroke patients affected by severe aphasia (global aphasia). The present study reports details on the construction and standardization of a new Italian battery of tasks, specifically designed to assess severe lexical disorders in acquired aphasia (Battery for the Assessment of Severe Acquired Lexical Damage in Italian, BASALDI). The battery is composed of a common set of 64 stimuli (concrete nouns), belonging to both living and non-living categories, and consists of f...
Source: Neurological Sciences - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Disability and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Disabil Rehabil Source Type: research
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Source: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Curr Top Med Chem Source Type: research
Conditions:   Language Disorders;   Aphasia;   Stroke Intervention:   Device: Transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) Sponsor:   King's College London Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Endocrinology - Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research
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