Journal article

Endovascular thrombectomy for stroke: current best practice and future goals

Bruce CV Campbell, Geoffrey A Donnan, Peter J Mitchell, Stephen M Davis

BMJ | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2016

Abstract

Endovascular thrombectomy for large vessel ischaemic stroke substantially reduces disability, with recent positive randomised trials leading to guideline changes worldwide. This review discusses in detail the evidence provided by recent randomised trials and meta-analyses, the remaining areas of uncertainty and the future directions for research. The data from existing trials have demonstrated the robust benefit of endovascular thrombectomy for internal carotid and proximal middle cerebral artery occlusions. Uncertainty remains for more distal occlusions where the efficacy of alteplase is greater, less tissue is at risk and the safety of endovascular procedures is less established. Basilar a..

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