Prognostic factors of the functional outcome after vascular hemiplegia. The role of serum albumin level.
Source: Europa Medicophysica 33(2):89-95.
Abstract: For those undergoing stroke rehabilitation, degree of disability can predict functional outcome. Serum albumin level (SAL) helps predict outcome. Study to determine whether SAL, along with other indices can improve prediction of functional outcome. One hundred fifteen hemiplegic, first time stroke victims, admitted for rehabilitation were studied. Barthel Index (BI) was used for assessment. Results: Univariate analysis indicated age, BI on admission and SAL correlated with discharge BI. Multivariate analysis indicated that admission BI was able to predict 49% of the variance for BI at discharge; BI with SAL predicted 52%. This indicates SAL was an independent marker for functinal outcome less powerful than admission BI or age. Low-level serum albumin may be a warning for future complications. (CIRRIE Abstract)
Institution: Reparto di Neurologia, Casa di Cura-Villa Margherita, 36057 Arcugnano (VI), Italy