Predictors of cerebral infarction following transient ischemic attack

Askiel Bruno, Lynn Jeffries, Elizabeth LaKind, Clifford Qualls

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Abstract

Transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a warning sign for impending cerebral infarction, mainly within several months following the attack. To determine if any clinical characteristics could prognosticate cerebral infarction following a TIA, we studied and followed 68 consecutive patients who presented with a TIA. We determined the vascular risk factors, frequency, duration, vascular territory involved, and presumed etiology of the attacks. Diagnostic tests and treatment were individualized. Follow-up ranged from 1 day to 36 months (mean, 19 months). Four patients died from non-neurologic causes without having had a stroke. Cerebral infarction occurred in five patients (7%), 6 hours, 1 day, 10 days, 5 months, and 14 months after the presenting TIA. Two clinical characteristics were associated with a significantly increased risk of cerebral infarction: diabetes mellitus (p < 0.001) and history of multiple TIAs > 1/month at the time of presentation (p = 0.005). Patients presenting with a recent TIA and these risk factors may benefit from more aggressive treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-28
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cerebral ischemia
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack

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  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Predictors of cerebral infarction following transient ischemic attack. / Bruno, Askiel; Jeffries, Lynn; LaKind, Elizabeth; Qualls, Clifford.

In: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Vol. 3, No. 1, 01.01.1993, p. 23-28.

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Bruno, Askiel ; Jeffries, Lynn ; LaKind, Elizabeth ; Qualls, Clifford. / Predictors of cerebral infarction following transient ischemic attack. In: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 1993 ; Vol. 3, No. 1. pp. 23-28.
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