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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The prognostic influences of fibrinogen and C-reactive protein (CRP) levels and their relations in ischemic stroke have not been well described. The aim of this study was to investigate and compare the 1-year prognostic influences of fibrinogen and CRP levels on outcome in ischemic stroke. METHODS Fibrinogen and CRP were determined(More)
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder affecting neuromuscular transmission leading to generalized or localized muscle weakness due most frequently to the presence of autoantibodies against acetylcholine receptors in the postsynaptic motor end-plate. Myasthenic crisis (MC) is a complication of MG characterized by worsening muscle weakness,(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Although experimental data suggest that statin therapy may improve neurological outcome after acute cerebral ischemia, the results from clinical studies are conflicting. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis investigating the relationship between statin therapy and outcome after ischemic stroke. METHODS The primary(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Several studies have shown, in different populations, that modest elevation of plasma C-reactive protein (CRP) in the range seen in apparently healthy individuals is a strong predictor of future vascular events. Elevated plasma CRP concentrations are also associated with an increased risk of cerebrovascular events and an increased(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Changes in stroke incidence are likely to occur as a consequence of aging of the population, but evidence for this hypothesis is lacking. METHODS A prospective community-based registry of first-ever strokes (1994 to 1998) classified according to the International Classification of Diseases, 9th Revision (ICD-9) was established in(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Proteasomes are large multicatalytic proteinase complexes that are found in the cytosol and in the nucleus of eukaryotic cells with a central role in cellular protein turnover. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) has a central role in the selective degradation of intracellular proteins. Among the key proteins whose levels are(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE A clinical grading scale for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), formally ICH score, was recently developed showing to predict 30-day mortality in a simple and reliable manner. The aim of the present study was to validate the original ICH (oICH) score in an independent cohort of patients from a developing country assessing 30-day(More)
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There is growing debate over the value of intensive insulin therapy (IIT) in critically ill patients. Available trials have been performed in general medical or surgical intensive care units, and the results may not be directly applicable to patients with severe acute brain disease because these patients may have heightened susceptibility to hyperglycemia(More)