Landmark study may impact standard stroke treatment guidelines

Medical Xpress| Sat Nov 11 13:20:57 EST 2017
Standard guidelines for stroke treatment currently recommend clot removal only within six hours of stroke onset. But a milestone study with results published today in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that clot removal up to 24 hours after stroke led to significantly reduced disability for properly selected patients. The international multi-center clinical study, known as the DAWN trial, randomly assigned 206 stroke victims who arrived at the hospital within six to 24 hours to either endovascular clot removal therapy, known as thrombectomy, or to standard medical therapy. Thrombectomy involves a catheter placed in the femoral artery and snaked up the aorta and into the cerebral arter..

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