Journal article

Selection criteria for endovascular therapy for acute ischaemic stroke: Are patients missing out?

Julian Maingard, Leonid Churilov, Peter Mitchell, Richard Dowling, Bernard Yan

Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Endovascular clot retrieval (ECR) following intravenous thrombolysis is superior to intravenous thrombolysis alone for acute stroke with large vessel occlusion. However, trial selection criteria may exclude potentially salvageable patients. We investigated the impact of published selection criteria on the different proportions of patients excluded and clinical outcome. METHODS: We included patients with anterior circulation stroke treated with ECR from a single centre. Selection criteria from five trials (REVASCAT, EXTEND IA, MR CLEAN, SWIFT PRIME, ESCAPE) and American Stroke Association (ASA) guidelines were applied. We calculated the proportion of patient's ineligible for ECR..

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