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Stenting increases stroke risk in patients with intracranial stenosis, study shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1594 (Published 25 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1594
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Intracranial stenting is associated with increased risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) when compared with medical therapy in patients treated for symptomatic intracranial stenosis, show the results of a randomised study1 that was stopped early because of the adverse findings.

The international VISSIT (Vitesse Intracranial Stent Study for Ischemic Therapy) trial, reported in JAMA, randomised 53 patients with symptomatic intracranial stenosis (narrowing ≥70%) to receive …

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