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Undernourished stroke patients have poor outcomes

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Stroke patients who are undernourished when they enter hospital may have worse clinical outcomes, according to a study.
Researchers in Korea studied 131 acute ischemic stroke patients who underwent assessments of their nutritional status with 24 hours of hospital admission and one week later.

Complications were assessed immediately after admission and continuously until they left hospital or were transferred to a rehabilitation unit. Clinical outcomes were measured three months later.

The percentage of undernourished patients increased during the hospital stay, increasing from, 12.2% on admission to nearly one in five (19.8%) after a week.

Patients undernourished after a week were 4.49 times more likely to have poor clinical outcomes, the study showed.

Archives of Neurology (2008) 65: 39-43
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