Context: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin involved in neuronal survival, differentiation, and maturation. Purpose: To evaluate the levels of BDNF in the acute phase of stroke and their potential association with neurological impairment. Methods: Patients in the acute phase of ischemic stroke were evaluated with the following clinical tools: National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, modified Rankin scale, Gugging Swallowing Screen and Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score.

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