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Is post-traumatic stress disorder a too underestimated factor in the early rehabilitation of cerebro-vascular events?

  • Cesare Giuseppe CerriEmail author
  • Cecilia Perin
  • Cesare Maria Cornaggia
  • Massimiliano Beghi
Letter to the Editor
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Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), with anxiety or depressive disorders and adjustment disorders, is, according to literature data, the most frequent and severe comorbidity after orthopedic traumas or cerebro-vascular events (1). The worrying extension of the problem is underscored by the fact that annual prevalence of PTSD in the US general population is around 3.5% and, after a cerebrovascular event, it exceeds 60%.

Moreover, it is widely known that the onset of PTSD and related disorders leads to a reduced participation in the rehabilitation process, with consequent delay or worsening of the prognosis up to an increase in mortality, as reported by numerous authors (2). Finally, a lengthening of hospitalization times and an increase in costs have also been reported by the same authors.

The most involved factors in the onset of PTSD are the presence of a fragile pre-morbid personality and the presence of residual pain and disability, both at the beginning and at the end of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine and SurgeryMilano Bicocca UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.Department of Mental HealthAUSL RomagnaRavennaItaly

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