Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Crossing legs after severe stroke may be a good sign of recovery

Date:
October 11, 2011
Source:
American Academy of Neurology
Summary:
People who are able to cross their legs soon after having a severe stroke appear to be more likely to have a good recovery compared to people who can't cross their legs. That's according to new research.

People who are able to cross their legs soon after having a severe stroke appear to be more likely to have a good recovery compared to people who can't cross their legs. That's according to new research published in the October 11, 2011, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Related Articles


"Despite having severe strokes that left them with slight loss of movement and even reduced consciousness, we noticed that some people were still able to cross their legs, which is not as easy as it seems," said study author Berend Feddersen, MD, PhD, of the University of Munich, Germany. "If this finding is confirmed, leg crossing may be an easy way to help doctors determine who may have a better chance of recovery."

People who were able to cross their legs within the first 15 days after a severe stroke were more likely to have better independence in daily life, fewer neurologic problems and lower death rates.

The study involved 68 people who had experienced a severe stroke with need of intensive care treatment including need of ventilation or need of circulatory support. Two groups of 34 were formed; one group with leg-crossers and one with non-leg-crossers. Participants were followed for one year and were tested using several scales to measure disability and independence.

After one year, the study found that one person, or nine percent, died among those who were able to cross their legs after stroke compared to 18 people, or 53 percent, who died among those who couldn't cross their legs.

In addition, both groups were given a score using the NIH Stroke Scale, which predicts outcome and severity of stroke. The leg crossing group had fewer neurologic problems at discharge from the hospital, scoring an average of 6.5 on the stroke scale, notably lower than the non-crossers who had an average score of 10.6.

One year after discharge, the leg-crossers scored an average of 2.9 on the Rankin Scale, indicating they were only moderately disabled and capable of walking unassisted compared to non-crossers, who scored an average of five on the Rankin Scale, indicating they were severely disabled and required constant attention.

As for daily independence, people who were able to cross their legs also fared better. They scored an average of 34 out of 100 on the Barthel Index test, compared to a score of 21 at discharge, and then received a score of 71 one year later compared to 49 for those who couldn't cross their legs. A score of zero indicates full dependence, while a score of 100 indicates full independence.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy of Neurology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. J. Remi, T. Pfefferkorn, R. L. Owens, C. Schankin, S. Dehning, T. Birnbaum, A. Bender, M. Klein, J. Adamec, H.- W. Pfister, A. Straube, B. Feddersen. The crossed leg sign indicates a favorable outcome after severe stroke. Neurology, 2011; 77 (15): 1453 DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e318232abe4

Cite This Page:

American Academy of Neurology. "Crossing legs after severe stroke may be a good sign of recovery." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 October 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111010173008.htm>.
American Academy of Neurology. (2011, October 11). Crossing legs after severe stroke may be a good sign of recovery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 26, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111010173008.htm
American Academy of Neurology. "Crossing legs after severe stroke may be a good sign of recovery." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111010173008.htm (accessed November 26, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Pet Dogs to Be Used in Anti-Ageing Trial

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Nov. 26, 2014) Researchers in the United States are preparing to discover whether a drug commonly used in human organ transplants can extend the lifespan and health quality of pet dogs. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

From Popcorn To Vending Snacks: FDA Ups Calorie Count Rules

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) The US FDA is announcing new calorie rules on Tuesday that will require everywhere from theaters to vending machines to include calorie counts. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Daily Serving Of Yogurt Could Reduce Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes

Newsy (Nov. 25, 2014) Need another reason to eat yogurt every day? Researchers now say it could reduce a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Madagascar Working to Contain Plague Outbreak

Madagascar Working to Contain Plague Outbreak

AFP (Nov. 24, 2014) Madagascar said Monday it is trying to contain an outbreak of plague -- similar to the Black Death that swept Medieval Europe -- that has killed 40 people and is spreading to the capital Antananarivo. Duration: 00:42 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins