Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a probable risk factor with speculative roles in the induction or aggravation of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Methods: The association between OSA and AIS severity was retrospectively analyzed using clinical data of first-onset AIS patients, admitted to our hospital between January 2013 and September 2016. Eligible patients were categorized based on the presence of OSA prior to stroke. Stroke severity and functional outcomes were evaluated using the National Institute of Health Stroke Severity Scale (NIHSS) and the modified Rankin scale (mRS), respectively.

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