Research Article

Dexamethasone in acute stroke.

Br Med J 1978; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.6143.994 (Published 07 October 1978) Cite this as: Br Med J 1978;2:994
  1. G Mulley,
  2. R G Wilcox,
  3. J R Mitchell

    Abstract

    Over 13 months 118 patients admitted to hospital with acute stroke were allocated at random to treatment with either dexamethasone or placebo. At one year there was no significant difference in the numbers of survivors or in the quality of life between the two groups. The results suggest that there is no indication for the routine administration of dexamethasone to a heterogeneous group of patients with stroke.