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Comparison of CT in patients with cerebral ischaemia with or without non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation. European Atrial Fibrillation Trial and Dutch T I A Trial Study Groups.
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PMID:  7629526     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In an attempt to distinguish between the CT characteristics of strokes of presumed cardioembolic origin and strokes caused by arterial disease, a comparison was made between the baseline CT of two prospective cohorts of patients with transient ischaemic attack or minor ischaemic stroke, with (n = 985) or without (n = 2987) non-rheumatic atrial fibrillation (NRAF). Of the patients with NRAF 54% had evidence of cerebral infarction v 41% of the controls (patients with sinus rhythm (SR); odds ratio (OR) 1.7; 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.4-1.9). Patients with NRAF more often had multiple infarcts (OR 1.4; 95% CI 1.1-1.8), and more often infarcts that were not related to current neurological symptoms (OR 1.5; 95% CI 1.2-1.8). For symptomatic infarcts, patients with NRAF more often had cortical end zone infarcts (OR 3.1; 95% CI 2.6-3.8) and cortical border zone infarcts (OR 1.9; 95% CI 1.3-2.9) than patients with SR. Conversely, symptomatic small deep infarcts (lacunae) were more often seen in patients with SR (OR 3.9; 95% CI 2.8-5.4). Multivariate analyses showed that all these findings were independent of differences in baseline characteristics between the two study groups. The CT characteristics overlapped and did not allow a reliable distinction between cardioembolic and atherosclerotic causes of stroke in patients with NRAF.
J van Latum; P J Koudstaal; L J Kappelle; F van Kooten; A Algra; J van Gijn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  1995 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-09-06     Completed Date:  1995-09-06     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  132-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University Hospital Rotterdam Dijkzigt, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Atrial Fibrillation / complications,  radiography*
Brain Ischemia / etiology,  radiography*
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Prospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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