Stroke-cirrhosis relationship: An autopsy study in a heavy drinking population

M. Melato, E. Mucli, F. Poldrugo, M. Valente, F. Zanconati, K. Okuda

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A positive association between alcohol consumption and stroke incidence has been clearly established. The present study evaluated the frequency of stroke in a sample of 500 autopsied patients affected by liver cirrhosis mainly due to chronic alcohol abuse as confirmed by the histologic pattern mostly of mixed and micronodular types. Frequency of stroke was compared to that of 4,741 non-cirrhotic patients autopsied in the same period. Our findings demonstrate that stroke frequency, especially when due to thromboembolism, decreased significantly in cirrhotics. Therefore, hepatopathy is a crucial event in alcoholic patients. Nevertheless the concomitant presence of liver cirrhosis, in studies dealing with this subject, is not being currently evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-214
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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