Causes of Stroke in Young Adults

Original article


F EL-Mabruk 1, H Rodgers 2, D M Turnbull 3, N E F Cart1idge 3

1-Neurology Unit, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, Libya 2-Centre for Health Service Research, University of Newcastle,Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK 3-Department of Neurology, The Medical School, University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 22, No.2. 2005:42-49


Objective: To determine the causes of stroke among young adults,
Design: Prospective study of young adults presenting with acute first-ever stroke.
Setting: Three teaching hospitals in Newcastle in the Northeast of England.
Subjects: Cases included people aged between 17-55 sears, who had acute stroke, during twenty months period.
Results: There was a greater heterogeneity in the aetiology of stroke. The causes of stroke were undetermined in approximately 47 of the patients. Haematological and immunological disorders constitute the most frequent aetiology of stroke of unusual causes, especially among young women,
Conclusions: Even after taking an exhaustive history, examining patients in great details and undertaking numerous investigations, there may he patients in whom no reasonable explanation for their stroke can be found.

Keywords: stroke. young adults, causes of stroke