Journal article

Obstacles to the use of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke. Is time the only barrier?

Patrice Laloux, Vincent Thijs, André Peeters, Philippe Desfontaines

Acta Neurol Belg | Published : 2007


BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The short time window is frequently cited as the main reason for exclusion of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in acute stroke. Identifying and circumventing barriers to thrombolysis other than time could increase the frequency of treatment. The goal of this study was to identify whether the rate of treatment with tPA would increase if time window was not an obstacle to treatment. METHODS: In four hospitals we prospectively recorded the rate of tPA use in consecutive patients admitted with acute ischemic stroke and in those admitted within 3 hours, the reasons why thrombolysis was not given, and the potential gain in the rate of tPA use if all patients had ..

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