Branko Malojčić

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In September 2003, recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) for acute treatment of ischemic stroke was finally approved by the Croatian Ministry of Health. For the next 5 years, only three stroke units in the country implemented this therapy in their routine practice until summer 2008, when neurological wards in most Croatian hospitals started to(More)
In this investigation, we explored the impact of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) upon short term or working memory and attention. The performance of 37 individuals with mTBI was compared with that of 53 age, sex and education-matched controls. All participants were staff members or individuals seeking medical care at a University hospital serving a large(More)
AIM The aim of this study was standardization and validation of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in the general Croatian aging population. METHODS Three-hundred and forty-four participants underwent the MMSE test, 217 cognitively healthy subjects without neurological and psychiatric disorders and 127 patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)(More)
Incidence and mortality of ischemic stroke in Croatia is significantly higher than in many other developed European countries. Here, we aimed to evaluate underlying conditions of this unacceptably high disease burden. An observational prospective cohort study of first-ever ischemic stroke patients identified in a population-based incidence study (N=751)(More)
BACKGROUND Previous cross-sectional surveys in different European countries within the EUROASPIRE programme demonstrated a high prevalence of modifiable risk factors, unhealthy lifestyles and inadequate drug treatment in coronary heart disease patients. Comparable data for ischaemic stroke patients is lacking. METHODS A stroke-specific study module was(More)
BACKGROUND In Central/Eastern European countries, cerebrovascular diseases are among the leading causes of mortality. We aimed to determine the incidence of first-ever stroke (FES) in the north-western part of Croatia. METHODS A population-based prospective incidence study was conducted between July 1, 2007, and June 30, 2009. Cases were sought from(More)
BACKGROUND The vascular contributions to neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation may be assessed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography (US). This review summarises the methodology for these widely available, safe and relatively low cost tools and analyses recent work highlighting their potential utility as biomarkers for differentiating(More)
The clinical and paraclinical characteristics of acute transverse myelitis (ATM) were analyzed in 31 patients. In some patients there was clinical evidence of complete transection, in others of only partial lesions. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the acute phase in the first group was normal, but showed cord atrophy subsequently. It is probable that(More)
BACKGROUND The aims of this paper are: 1) to present the data of systemic thrombolysis for ischemic stroke in five Croatian centers from July 2008 till January 2010; 2) to compare the results between centers and; 3) to compare data with previously published results from 2006 to 2008 period from our center, and with the data from SITS (Safe Implementation of(More)
Leigh's disease is a mitochondrial disease of infancy and early childhood, and is rare in adults. Following a febrile illness, a 21-year-old woman developed ataxic paraparesis and was originally diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. Her illness progressed to somnolence and quadriparesis. The unusual MR images, the discovery of elevated blood lactate and pyruvate(More)