Double-blind Randomized Trial of Intravenous Glycerol in Acute Stroke


Phase N/A Results


The number of deaths within the first week was 10 (12%) in the glycerol group versus 26 (30%) in the controls. Subsequent mortality up to 12 months was similar in the two groups and a survival analysis confirmed a beneficial effect of treatment (p less than 0.02). The neurological and functional recovery of survivors, their length of hospital stay, and the proportion able to return to live in their own home were similar in the two groups. The improvement in survival time with glycerol was achieved without serious adverse effects and without an increase in the proportion of survivors with severe residual disability.