Intraarterial suction thrombectomy in acute stroke

Helmi L. Lutsep, Wayne M. Clark, Gary M. Nesbit, Todd A. Kuether, Stan L. Barnwell

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Three patients with internal carotid artery thrombus and thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) 0-1 flow were treated by using intraarterial (IA) suction thrombectomy a mean of 4.2 hours after stroke onset. After catheterization with a 7F guide-catheter, thrombus was aspirated by using a 60-mL syringe. TIMI flow improved to 3 in all patients. The median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score decreased from 22 (range, 12-23) to 4 (range, 2-22) at 3 months. IA suction thrombectomy may be safe and feasible in patients with acute stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)783-786
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 28 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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