Document Type : Special Articles
1 Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
2 Department of Neurology, Neuro cognitive Research Center, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
3 Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
Background: Previous literatures have shown a transient ischemic attack (TIA) mimic rate of 9-31%. We aimed to ascertain the proportion of stroke mimics amongst suspected TIA patients. Methods: A prospective observational study was performed in Ghaem Hospital, Mashhad, Iran during 2012-2013. Consecutive TIA patients were identified in a stroke center. The initial diagnosis of TIA was made by the resident of neurology and final diagnosis of true TIA versus TIA mimics was made after 3 months follow-up by stroke subspecialist. Results: A total of 310 patients were assessed during a 3- month period of which 182 (58.7%) subjects were male and 128 (41.3%) were female. Ten percent of the patients was categorized as a TIA mimic. The presence of hypertension, aphasia, duration of symptoms, and increased age was the strongest predictor of a true TIA. Migraine was the most common etiology of stroke mimic in our study. Conclusion: It seems that many signs and symptoms have low diagno tic usefulness for discrimination of true TIA from non-cerebrovascular events and predictive usefulness of any sign or symptom should be interpreted by a stroke neurologist.