Complications of ischemic stroke: Prevention and management

Kevin M. Barrett, Pooja Khatri, Tudor G. Jovin

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Prevention and proper management of complications in the hospitalized patient with stroke may improve both short-term and long-term prognosis. General medical and neurologic complications may be encountered in the early days after stroke. Common medical complications include deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, falls, systemic infections, and neuropsychiatric disturbances. Frequent neurologic complications include cerebral edema, elevated intracranial pressure, hemorrhagic transformation, and seizures. Anticipation of complications can expedite initiation of preventive and therapeutic measures. This chapter focuses on common medical and neurologic complications that occur after stroke in the acute hospital setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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