Aug 2, 2019
A new preliminary study from the University of Texas shows that endoscopic removal of clots from the arteries of stroke victims with large areas of affected brain tissue can assure better recovery. This so-called Endovascular Thrombectomy is currently established treatment but only for those strokes with smaller areas of tissue damage.
The study included 105 patients from 9 centers. The thrombectomy compared with medical management alone doubled the chances that a patient would achieve functional independence while reducing the mortality rate by 30%.
A larger trial is now getting underway. Meanwhile, with strokes occurring in ever younger persons, be aware that Endovascular Thrombectomy could be lifesaving for you or a family member so ask!
Amrou Sarraj, Ameer E. Hassan, Sean Savitz, Clark Sitton, James Grotta, Peng Chen, Chunyan Cai, Gary Cutter, Bita Imam, Sujan Reddy, Kaushik Parsha, Deep Pujara, Roy Riascos, Nirav Vora, Michael Abraham, Haris Kamal, Diogo C. Haussen, Andrew D. Barreto, Maarten Lansberg, Rishi Gupta, Gregory W. Albers. Outcomes of Endovascular Thrombectomy vs Medical Management Alone in Patients With Large Ischemic Cores. JAMA Neurology, 2019; DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.2109