The Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification: Correlation with imaging, associated complications, and prediction of outcome in acute ischemic stroke

Sean J. Pittock, Dara Meldrum, Orla Hardiman, John Thornton, Paul Brennan, Joan T. Moroney

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This preliminary study investigates the risk factor profile, post stroke complications, and outcome for four OCSP (Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project Classification) subtypes. One hundred seventeen consecutive ischemic stroke patients were clinically classified into I of 4 subtypes: total anterior (TACI), partial anterior (PACI), lacunar (LACI), and posterior (POCI) circulation infarcts. Study evaluations were performed at admission, 2 weeks, and 6 months. There was a good correlation between clinical classification and radiological diagnosis if a negative CT head was considered consistent with a lacunar infarction. No significant difference in risk factor profile was observed between subtypes. The TACI group had significantly higher mortality (P < .001), morbidity (P < .001, as per disability scales), length of hospital stay (P < .001), and complications (respiratory tract infection and seizures [P < .01]) as compared to the other three groups which were all similar at the different time points. The only significant difference found was the higher rate of stroke recurrence within the first 6 months in the POCI group (P < .001). The OCSP classification identifies two major groups (TACI and other 3 groups combined) who behave differently with respect to post stroke outcome. Further study with larger numbers of patients and thus greater power will be required to allow better discrimination of OCSP subtypes in respect of risk factors, complications, and outcomes if the OCSP is to be used to stratify patients in clinical trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003



  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Cerebral infarct
  • OCSP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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