Infarction pattern influences stroke recurrence

In patients with transient ischemic attack (TIA) and minor stroke, stroke-recurrence rates and treatment efficacy differ according to MRI infarction patterns.

The registry study showed that patients with multiple acute infarctions have a higher risk of stroke recurrence than do those with single or no acute infarction.

Dr Yilong Wang, from Capital Medical University in Beijing, and colleagues used data from the CHANCE trial to examine whether infarction patterns can be used to stratify the risk of recurrent stroke within three months of a TIA or minor ischemic stroke.