Journal article

Wake-up stroke and stroke of unknown onset: a critical review

Anke Wouters, Robin Lemmens, Patrick Dupont, Vincent Thijs

FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2014

Abstract

Patients, who wake up with an ischemic stroke, account for a large number of the total stroke population, due to circadian morning predominance of stroke. Currently, this subset of patients is excluded from revascularization-therapy since no exact time of onset is known. A large group of these patients might be eligible for therapy. In this review, we assessed the current literature about the hypothesis that wake-up-strokes occur just prior on awakening and if this subgroup differs in characteristics compared to the overall stroke population. We looked at the safety and efficacy of thrombolysis and interventional techniques in the group of patients with unknown stroke-onset. We performed a m..

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