Barlas, RS, McCall, SJ, Bettencourt-Silva, JH, Clark, AB, Bowles, KM, Metcalf, AK, Mamas, MA, Potter, JF and Myint, PK (2017) Impact of anaemia on acute stroke outcomes depends on the type of anaemia: Evidence from a UK stroke register. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, 383. pp. 26-30. ISSN 0022-510X

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AbstractBackground Previous research has demonstrated an association between anaemia and poor outcomes in acute stroke. This study aimed to assess the impact of anaemia on stroke by anaemia subtype. Methods Data from a prospective UK Regional Stroke Register were used to assess the association between hypochromic microcytic and normochromic normocytic anaemia on inpatient-mortality, length of stay (LOS) and discharge modified Rankin scale (mRS). Analysis was stratified by stroke subtypes and multivariable logistic regression, adjusting for potential confounders, was used to quantify this association. Patients who were not anaemic were the reference category. Results A total of 8167 stroke patients (admitted between 2003 and 2015) were included, mean age (SD) 77.39 ± 11.90 years. Of these, 3.4% (n = 281) had hypochromic microcytic anaemia and 15.5% (n = 1262) had normochromic normocytic anaemia on admission. Normochromic normocytic anaemia was associated with increased odds of in-patient mortality OR 1.48 (1.24–1.77), 90-day mortality OR 1.63 (1.38–1.92), longer LOS OR 1.21 (1.06–1.40), defined as > 7 days, and severe disability defined as discharge mRS ≥ 3 OR 1.31 (1.06–1.63), in patients with ischaemic stroke. Hypochromic microcytic anaemia was associated with 90-day mortality OR 1.90 (1.40–2.58) and a longer LOS OR 1.57 (1.20–2.05) in patients with ischaemic stroke. Conclusions Hypochromic microcytic and normochromic normocytic anaemia are associated with differing outcomes in terms of inpatient mortality and post stroke disability. While it is unclear if anaemia per se or another underlying cause is responsible for adverse outcomes, subtype of anaemia appears to be relevant in stroke prognosis.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: stroke
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC666 Diseases of the circulatory (Cardiovascular) system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 12:46
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2018 01:30

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