Background: Caspase-cleaved cytokeratin-18 (CCCK-18) is an apoptosis marker. Here, we analyzed the relationship between plasma level of CCCK-18 in the acute and subacute stage of ischemic stroke and early and late functional outcome. Besides, correlation among CCCK-18 and complications, such as hemorrhagic transformation (HT) were also explored. Methods: Plasma concentration of CCCK-18 was investigated in 54 patients at admission and poststroke 72 hours. HT was evaluated by CT scans on 24 poststroke hours.

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