The significance of routine chest X-ray in acute stroke

Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 1999 Mar;101(1):1-3. doi: 10.1016/s0303-8467(98)00067-5.


We retrospectively evaluated the significance of making a chest X-ray in the acute stage of a stroke. Forty percent of the chest X-rays were of suboptimal quality. Abnormal chest X-rays were, in part, the reason for consultation of chest specialists in 5%. A chest X-ray in patients with acute stroke should only be performed if there is clinical suspicion of pulmonary or cardiac pathology, not as a routine.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Heart Diseases / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography, Thoracic*
  • Retrospective Studies