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Case fatality rates after hospital admission for stroke: Definition of stroke defines stroke mortality

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 15 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1085
  1. David S Liebeskind (, assistant professor of neurology and radiology
  1. University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    EDITOR—Stroke is a clinical syndrome characterised by rapidly developing clinical signs of focal (or global) disturbance lasting 24 hours or longer or leading to death with no apparent cause other than of vascular origin. The definition of stroke incorporates haemorrhagic and ischaemic lesions, with additional subtypes in both categories. The incidence and mortality vary widely across stroke subtypes, likely reflecting underlying …

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