Regenerative neurology: meeting the need of patients with disability after stroke

Simon A Koblar, Anjali Nagpal, Fong Chan Choy, Monica Anne Hamilton-Bruce and Susan L Hillier
Med J Aust 2017; 206 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01075
Published online: 1 May 2017

If regenerative neurology restores function, it will meet a huge unmet need and change dogma

Treatment of stroke in the acute phase has come a long way with the development of paramedic, emergency department and stroke team pathways for hyperacute assessment and management with intravenous thrombolysis, endovascular clot retrieval and hemicraniectomy. Acute stroke units reduce mortality and morbidity by up to 20% or more.1 An estimated 80% of stroke patients survive for one year after stroke, with the large majority being left with chronic disability.2 In Australia and many other countries around the world, stroke is the leading cause of adult disability.3 It is estimated that up to 450 000 Australians have disability after stroke.4,5

  • 1 Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA
  • 3 Sansom Institute for Health Research University of South Australia, Adelaide, SA

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