Christian Blomstrand

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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE We have previously demonstrated that stroke influences systemic immune responses. The aim of the present study was to investigate patterns of local inflammatory response as a consequence of acute stroke. METHODS Thirty stroke patients were studied prospectively on days 0 to 3, 7 to 9, 21 to 26, and after day 90 with clinical(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE patients with cardiac arrest have a high mortality and the long-term outcome is doubtful. The prognosis is mainly dependent on clinical parameters. S-100 and neurone specific enolase (NSE) are established biochemical markers of central nervous system (CNS) injury. The purpose of this study was to validate the use of serum(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Patients resuscitated from cardiac arrest have a high early mortality rate. Prognostic evaluation based on clinical observations is uncertain and would benefit from the use of biochemical markers of hypoxic brain damage. The astroglial protein S-100 is an established biochemical marker of central nervous system injury. The purpose of(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A number of studies have indicated that acupuncture might improve the functional recovery of stroke patients. These studies vary in inclusion criteria, sample size, and evaluation methods. The present study was designed to investigate whether electroacupuncture treatment favorably affects stroke patients' ability to perform daily life(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The aim of the present study was to examine resource utilization during a 12-month period after acute stroke in elderly patients randomized to care in an acute stroke unit integrated with a care continuum compared with conventional care in general medical wards. A secondary aim was to describe costs related to the severity of stroke.(More)
A growing body of evidence points out the potential role of inflammatory mechanisms in the pathophysiology of ischaemic brain damage. We have recently demonstrated that stroke patients display an intrathecal production of proinflammatory cytokines, such as IL-1beta and IL-6 already within the first 24 h after the beginning of symptoms (Tarkowski et al.,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Results from twin and family history studies of ischemic stroke suggest that future molecular genetic studies should focus on strictly defined stroke subtypes and younger cases. Accordingly, we investigated stroke subtypes, vascular risk factors, and family history in a large study of patients with ischemic stroke onset before age 70(More)
Anatomical and neurological correlates of visuospatial neglect were studied in 53 patients with a CT-documented right hemisphere stroke. Evidence of neglect at the acute stage poststroke was strongly related to large lesions involving the middle temporal gyrus and/or the temporo-parietal paraventricular white matter. Thus, out of 18 patients with evidence(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE C-reactive protein (CRP) has evolved as an inflammatory risk marker of cardiovascular disease. Several single-nucleotide polymorphisms at the CRP locus have been found to be associated with CRP levels. The aim of the present study was to investigate CRP levels and genetic variants in etiological subtypes of ischemic stroke. METHODS(More)