Collaborative Hypertext of Radiology
- A "stroke" is neurological deficit of acute onset (over minutes
- to hours) which persists for more than 24 hours. Deficits which
- resolve within 24 hours are classified as "transient ischemic attacks"
- (TIAs). Signs of stroke may include:
- Impaired consciousness Diplopia
- Monoparesis or hemiparesis Visual field defects
- Sensory deficits Dysarthria or dysphasia
- Ataxia of trunk or limbs
- Plan: Define the presence of cerebral infarction, suggest the
- etiology and assess the presence of hemorrhage. Since stroke is
- often the result of embolic disease, anticoagulation therapy should
- be considered; cerebral hemorrhage is a contraindication.
- REF: MacNeil BJ, Abrams HL. Brigham and Women's Hospital Handbook
- of Diagnostic Imaging. pp. 147-152.
Charles E. Kahn, Jr., MD - 2 February 1995
Last updated: 1 October 2013
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