What has been the focus of research on middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke?

Updated: Feb 20, 2018
  • Author: Daniel I Slater, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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Research has also focused on the correlation between specific neurologic deficits after MCA stroke and differing outcomes and prognoses. Such efforts are important in ascertaining who may benefit from emergent antithrombotic therapies. Furthermore, these research efforts may later allow physiatrists to target rehabilitative efforts more effectively in appropriately selected patients who may derive benefit.

This article focuses more on the postacute care and rehabilitation of patients with MCA stroke. However, evidence-based practice of acute stroke care obviously needs to be carried over into the rehabilitation setting. This is particularly true since patients are ideally being admitted to such settings quite early after their event. The American Heart Association guidelines are an excellent resource for standards of stroke care. Certified centers for stroke care have proven to have better outcomes in terms of morbidity, mortality, and eventual functional outcome relative to those without such specialization. [1, 2]


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