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Neurology Research International
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 219097, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/219097
Research Article

Female Gender Remains an Independent Risk Factor for Poor Outcome after Acute Nontraumatic Intracerebral Hemorrhage

1Department of Emergency Medicine and Neurological Surgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN 55905, USA
3Department of Neurosurgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY 14623, USA
4Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905, USA

Received 8 April 2013; Revised 6 July 2013; Accepted 25 July 2013

Academic Editor: B. R. Ott

Copyright © 2013 Latha Ganti et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Objective. To study whether gender influences outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). Methods. Cohort study of 245 consecutive adults presenting to the emergency department with spontaneous ICH from January 2006 to December 2008. Patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage, extradural hemorrhage, and recurrence of hemorrhage were excluded. Results. There were no differences noted between genders in stroke severity (NIHSS) at presentation, ICH volume, or intraventricular extension (IVE) of hemorrhage. Despite this, females had 1.94 times higher odds of having a bad outcome (modified Rankin score (mRs) ) as compared to males (95% CI 1.12 to 3.3) and 1.84 times higher odds of early mortality (95% CI 1.02–3.33). analyzing known variables influencing mortality in ICH, the authors found that females did have higher serum glucose levels on arrival ( ) and 4.2 times higher odds for a cerebellar involvement than males (95% CI 1.63–10.75). After adjusting for age, NIHSS, glucose levels, hemorrhage volume, and IVE, female gender remained an independent predictor of early mortality ( ). Conclusions. Female gender may be an independent predictor of early mortality in ICH patients, even after adjustment for stroke severity, hemorrhage volume, IVE, serum glucose levels, and age.