Kathleen M Burger

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Stroke is a common cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the US and the world. Given the highly disabling nature of this disease, it is important to provide acute therapy when indicated to improve individual outcomes. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA) is, at present, the only approved drug for the treatment of acute strokes due to(More)
BACKGROUND The management of patients with acute transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke is highly variable. Whether hospitalization of such patients significantly improves short-term clinical outcome is unknown. We assessed the short-term clinical outcome associated with inpatient versus outpatient management of patients with TIA or minor stroke.(More)
Brainstem infarcts comprise approximately 10% of all first ischemic brain strokes. The extrinsic vascular supply to the stem is complex. The intrinsic vascularization of the stem may be conceptualized in terms of four relatively constant and distinct vascular territories designated anteromedial, anterolateral, lateral, and dorsal (or dorsolateral). The(More)
Stroke is a common cause of death and disability throughout the world. Acute neurologic deficits due to ischemic injury deserve rapid recognition and diagnosis in order to provide effective therapy. Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) provided to carefully selected patients that can be treated within 3 hours of stroke onset results in improved(More)
Central nervous system (CNS) involvement occurs in up to 50% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Cerebral aneurysm formation is a rare complication of CNS lupus. The majority of these patients present with subarachnoid hemorrhage. We report a patient with an active SLE flare who presented with a recurrent ischemic stroke and was found to(More)
IMPORTANCE Stroke is the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of years of life lost. Genetic factors contribute to stroke prevalence, and candidate gene and genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified variants associated with ischemic stroke risk. These variants often have small effects without obvious biological(More)
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