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Stroke

Catastrophic

09/06/2007

Question:

In speaking to my husband`s doctor, he used the word "catastrophic" to describe his stroke. I didn`t have the presence of mind to ask him what he meant. I`m assuming it refers to the level of severity. Am I right? Where on the scale of severity does it come? What does it it imply?

Answer:

Yes, I would interpret catastrophic to be a reference to the severity, especially with regard to how disabling the stroke was. It has no other specific meaning to me as an expert in stroke.

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Response by:

Brett   Kissela, MD Brett Kissela, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Director, Neurology Residency Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati