Summary Writer: Dennis Neuen
Script Writer: Barath Arunasalam
Editor: Alice Ma
Interviewee: Alice Ma
James discusses an approach to stroke with Dr Alice Ma. A stroke is an acute neurological deficit that lasts for more than 24 hours and is caused by cerebrovascular aetiology.
Alice Ma graduated from the University of Sydney Medical School in 2010. She has trained in ICU and Neurology. Alice is currently the neurointerventional fellow at Royal North Shore Hospital with a particular interest in stroke and endovascular clot retrieval.
With Dr Alice Ma, Neurointerventional Fellow at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, Australia
A stroke is an acute neurological deficit that lasts for more than 24 hours and is caused by cerebrovascular aetiology. The risk of stroke is associated with increased age, previous stroke or transient ischaemic attack, hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus (DM), hypercholesterolaemia and atrial fibrillation/flutter (AF). A potential stroke is a time-critical clinical situation that requires urgent assessment with appropriate investigation and escalation to prevent long-term deficits and complications.
Case 1 – You are a junior doctor on the ward and the nursing staff have asked you to review a patient that has become confused. You wonder whether it could be related to recent oxycodone administration, but upon reviewing the patient, you notice some dysarthria and facial droop.
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