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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 174--179

Gender differences in acute stroke: Istanbul medical school stroke registry

Department of Neurology, Istanbul University, Istanbul Medical School, Edip Aktin Stroke Unit, Capa, Istanbul, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Nilüfer Yesilot
Istanbul Tip Fakültesi, Noroloji Anabilim Dali,34293, Çapa, Istanbul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.79130

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Background : We aimed to investigate gender differences in Turkish stroke patients. Material and Methods : Demographics, risk factors, clinical and etiologic subtypes, laboratory findings, clinical course, and in-hospital prognosis of 1 522 patients with ischemic stroke (IS) and 320 patients with intracerebral hemorrhage prospectively registered in the Istanbul Medical School Stroke Registry (1994-2004) were analyzed separately. Results : The mean age of IS patients was higher in females (n : 751) (P<0.0001). In males, smoking, ischemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, posterior circulation syndromes, and strokes due to large-artery atherosclerosis were more common (P<0.0001 for each). Prestroke disability, atrial fibrillation (P<0.0001), hypertension (P=0.041), modified Rankin Scale (mRS) 3-5 at admission (P<0.0001), total anterior circulation syndrome (P<0.0001), and cardioembolic stroke (P<0.0001) were more frequent in females. Female gender was an independent predictor of poor outcome (mRS 3-6). Conclusion : Gender differences were observed exclusively in patients with IS. Although our patients were younger than those reported, gender differences were similar.


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