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Predictors of Spasticity After Stroke.

Journal article
Authors Katharina S Sunnerhagen
Published in Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Volume 4
Pages 182-185
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 182-185
Language en
Keywords spasticity, Stroke
Subject categories Neurology


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Spasticity is a part of the upper motor neuron syndrome and can result in reduced function. Reduction of the complications may be facilitated by early intervention, making identification of stroke patients at high risk for developing spasticity essential. RECENT FINDING: Different predictors of poststroke spasticity (PSS) have been suggested in different studies, including development of increased muscle tone, greater severity of paresis, sensory impairment, and low Barthel Index score. The results also indicate that early identification of factors predictive of PSS is beneficial. SUMMARY: In this review article, the results of five studies are discussed and they all support the notion that early identification of factors predictive of PSS is beneficial and could help to identify individuals who would benefit most from intervention and thereby provide better outcome.

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