- Patients with head or neck injuries had sharply higher adjusted risks for ischemic stroke within 4 wk.
Why this matters
- The time-course and predictors of trauma-related ischemic stroke are not well defined.
- The trauma population had a 4-wk incidence of 4.0 per 100,000 encounters.
- Half of patients experiencing stroke had multisystem trauma.
- All strokes occurred within 15 d of trauma, and 37% occurred on the day of trauma.
- One-quarter of stroke patients who had cerebrovascular angiography at the time of did not have detectable arterial injury.
- Patients had elevated unadjusted risk for stroke if they experienced head, neck, chest, back, or abdominal injuries.
- Patients had elevated adjusted risk for stroke if they experienced head injuries (OR, 4.1; P=.031) or neck injuries (OR, 5.6; P=.046).
- A 1997-2011 retrospective case-control study of patients
- Main outcome was stroke.
- Funding: American Heart Association; NIH.
- Population did not include older adults.
- Some cases of stroke may have been missed or incorrectly attributed to trauma.