Ischaemic stroke associated with COVID-19 and racial outcome disparity in North America

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Department of Radiology

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Cardiovascular Diseases | Epidemiology | Infectious Disease | Nervous System Diseases | Neurology | Race and Ethnicity | Radiology | Virus Diseases


A retrospective study from the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China demonstrated an incidence of acute ischaemic stroke of approximately 5% in hospitalised patients with severe disease. However, there has been limited evidence on the influence of racial background in stroke outcomes in this pandemic. We report 69 cases of acute stroke in patients positive for SARS-CoV-2, including 27 of African–American background and 42 of other racial backgrounds, including Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian. All patients presented to 14 major hospitals in the USA and Canada, from 14 March 2020 to 14 April 2020.


stroke, COVID-19, race, racial background, racial disparity

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Dmytriw AA, Phan K, Schirmer C, Settecase F, Heran MKS, Efendizade A, Kühn AL, Puri AS, Menon BK, Dibas M, Sivakumar S, Mowla A, Leung LY, Malek AM, Voetsch B, Sehgal S, Wakhloo AK, Wu H, Xavier A, Tiwari A. Ischaemic stroke associated with COVID-19 and racial outcome disparity in North America. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2020 Aug 13:jnnp-2020-324653. doi: 10.1136/jnnp-2020-324653. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32801118. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry


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