Letters Thrombectomy for acute stroke using cardiology services

Importance of location of neurointerventional skills in thrombectomy for acute stroke

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4605 (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4605
  1. Paul A Burns, consultant interventional neuroradiologist1,
  2. Peter A Flynn, consultant interventional neuroradiologist1,
  3. Ian M Rennie, consultant interventional neuroradiologist1
  1. 1Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, UK
  1. paul.burns{at}belfasttrust.hscni.net

With emerging evidence on the efficacy of thrombectomy for selected patients with acute ischaemic stroke, Apps and colleagues suggested that the coronary primary angioplasty network could be used to cover the demand for this service.1

However, the skill in endovascularly opening arteries quickly is not generic, as the authors imply. Despite the similar …

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