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Obesity is reported to increase stroke risk, with adipocyte-derived cytokines or adipokines implicated as mediators. However, the relationship between adipokines and stroke is not well clarified. Thus, we aimed to evaluate the association of adipokines with stroke using fully adjusted risk estimates that incorporated body mass index in a meta-analysis. Data from 52 studies (62,428 patients) were pooled in a random-effects meta-analysis. Adiponectin was independently associated with a lower risk of pre-existing stroke (adjusted odds ratio: 0.64 [95% confidence interval: 0.46-0.88], p 

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adipokines, all-cause mortality, meta-analysis, poor functional outcome, stroke