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Acute intracranial stenting with mechanical thrombectomy is safe and efficacious in patients diagnosed with underlying intracranial atherosclerotic disease

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To investigate whether significant differences exist in recanalization rates and primary outcomes between patients who undergo mechanical thrombectomy alone versus those who undergo mechanical thrombectomy with acute intracranial stenting.


Through the utilization of a prospectively collected endovascular database at a comprehensive stroke center between 2012 and 2020, variables such as demographics, co-morbid conditions, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, mortality rate at discharge, and good/poor outcomes in regard to modified thrombolysis in cerebral infarction score and modified Rankin Scale were examined. The outcomes between patients receiving acute intracranial stenting + mechanical thrombectomy and patients that underwent mechanical thrombectomy alone were compared.


There were a total of 420 acute ischemic stroke patients who met criteria for the study (average age 70.6 ± 13.01 years; 46.9% were women). Analysis of 46 patients from the acute stenting + mechanical thrombectomy group (average age 70.34 ± 13.75 years; 37.0% were women), and 374 patients from the mechanical thrombectomy alone group (average age 70.64 ± 12.92 years; 48.1% were women). Four patients (8.7%) in the acute stenting + mechanical thrombectomy group experienced intracerebral hemorrhage versus 45 patients (12.0%) in the mechanical thrombectomy alone group (p = 0.506); no significant increases were noted in the median length of stay (7 vs 8 days; p = 0.208), rates of modified thrombolysis in cerebral infarction 2B-3 recanalization (p = 0.758), or good modified Rankin Scale scores (p = 0.806).


Acute intracranial stenting in addition to mechanical thrombectomy was not associated with an increase in overall length of stay, intracerebral hemorrhage rates, or any change in discharge modified Rankin Scale. Further research is required to determine whether mechanical thrombectomy and acute intracranial stenting in acute ischemic stroke patients is unsafe.


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Interventional neuroradiology : journal of peritherapeutic neuroradiology, surgical procedures and related neurosciences



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