Stroke: improving diagnosis and treatment
A common, devastating cause of stroke is when a large artery in the brain (such as one of the middle cerebral arteries) becomes occluded by clot. Previously, the prognosis for many patients suffering such a stroke would be poor. Even urgent thrombolysis could adequately re-perfuse and save brain tissue. Now, with the advent of a new interventional procedure called “Mechanical Thrombectomy” allied to state-of-the-art imaging, it is possible to preserve the independence of many people even up to 24 hours after the start of their stroke syndrome. This has revolutionised stroke treatment.
- Clinical diagnosis of stroke
- Utility of acute stroke imaging
- Evidence base for thrombectomy