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Original Article: Prognostic Factors of Long-Term Outcome and Functional Status Following Spontaneous Cerebellar Hemorrhage

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Cerebellar hemorrhage (CH) has a higher early mortality rate compared with other types of intracranial hemorrhage and the survivors often suffer from momentous disability. Hence, the prognostic factors of long-term outcome beyond 6 months after CH are clinically valuable, however only three studies were reported in the literature. Sixty-one patients with CH were retrospectively analyzed at least 6 months after hemorrhage. The long-term outcome of all patients and long-term functional status of survivors beyond 6 months (the patients who died within 6 months after hemorrhage were excluded) were assessed using the modified Rankin Scale (mRS): favorable outcome (mRS 0 - 2) and unfavorable outcome (mRS 3 - 6). All of the prognostic factors were analyzed by univariate and multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models. There were 16 (26.2%) patients in the favorable outcome group and 45 (73.8%) in the unfavorable outcome group with respect of long-term outcome in all patients. The radiological brainstem compression (HR = 3; p = 0.015) was shown to be an independent predictor. On the other hand, 46 out of 61 (75.4%) patients survived beyond 6 months. In total, 16 (34.7%) patients had a favorable functional status, and 65.3% (30/46) had a persistent unfavorable functional status. Moreover, only age 365 years (HR = 3; p = 0.019) was an independent predictor. Radiological brainstem compression and age 365 were respectively shown to be a strong prognostic factor for long-term outcome and functional status among survivors beyond 6 months after hemorrhage in patients with CH.

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Sun, C. , Chang, S. , Chen, L. , Chu, H. , Chiang, S. , Li, T. and Wu, Y. (2014) Original Article: Prognostic Factors of Long-Term Outcome and Functional Status Following Spontaneous Cerebellar Hemorrhage. World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases, 4, 93-98. doi: 10.4236/wjcd.2014.43014.


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