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Comparison of motor functions according to stroke type in hemiplegic patients with a specific level of disability

Fatma Kizilay, Seyma Toy, Betul Akyol, Yuksel Ersoy.

Aim: Stroke is basically classified as hemorrhagic and ischemic etiologically. Stroke type can be a factor influencing recovery and evidence is insufficient on this issue. Therefore, the purpose of study is to compare motor and functional recovery in terms of stroke type.
Material and Methods: 20 patients with stroke between 30 and 65 years of age participated in the study voluntarily. The volunteers were grouped according to the stroke type as ischemic (n=10) or hemorrhagic (n=10). Disability levels of patients determined using Functional Independence Measure (FIM). The patients were compared with isokinetic knee strength, static-dynamic balance test, and 6-minutes walking test according to stroke type.
Results: According to isokinetic strength test results, no statistically significant difference was found between groups in the parameters of hemiplegic side knee extension peak torque, knee flexion peak torque, values obtained in the flexion and extension phases of the average power, total work in the flexion phase and extension phase of the movement and hamstring/quadriceps (H/Q) muscle groups strength ratio (p>0.05). According to the data of balance test and 6-minute walk test, no statistically significant difference was found between groups in the parameters of balance indexes and test completion time and 6 minute-long walk distance (p>0.05).
Conclusion: It was concluded that a stroke’s being ischemic or hemorrhagic did not create a difference in the recovery of motor function such as strength, balance, and walking. The fact that there are contradictory results and that there is no consensus shows that more studies are required in literature.
Keywords: Hemiplegia; Stroke type; Motor function; Disability.

Key words: Hemiplegia; Stroke type; Motor function; Disability.

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