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Introduction: Stroke is the neurological deficit of abrupt onset attributable to focal vascular cause and makes a considerable contribution to morbidity and mortality. High sensitivity C reactive protein (hsCRP) is an acute-phase reactant tends to increase at the onset of inflammation. Atherosclerosis, a major risk factor for cerebrovascular diseases involves inflammation which is triggered by dyslipidaemia. Objective: To estimate and compare levels of serum hs-CRP and lipid profile in patients with ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke. Methods: Present study comprised of 90 subjects, 30 ischemic stroke, 30 haemorrhagic stroke and 30 as apparently healthy control. Blood samples obtained within 24 hours of presentation were analysed for serum hsCRP and lipid profile. Results: In the present study Median age was 52 years, 52.5 years and 54 years in control, ischemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke respectively. Hs-CRP levels were raised in ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke compared to normal control (F-value=96.78; p<0.0001). Total cholesterol, triglyceride and LDL- cholesterol levels were significantly raised while HDL- cholesterol levels were low in ischemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke than control (p<0.05). Conclusion: Increased serum hs-CRP levels and dyslipidemia were observed in ischemic and haemorrhagic stroke. But serum hs-CRP cannot differentiate type of stroke.
Keywords: Ischemic stroke; Haemorrhagic stroke; hs-CRP; Lipid profile.
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