Letters Thrombectomy for acute stroke using cardiology services

Around 9% of patients with ischaemic stroke are suitable for thrombectomy

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4607 (Published 28 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4607
  1. David L Cohen, consultant stroke physician1,
  2. Robin Kearney, foundation year 1 doctor1,
  3. Megan Griffiths, foundation year 1 doctor1,
  4. Vinoth Nadesalingam, core trainee1,
  5. Rajaram Bathula, consultant stroke physician1
  1. 1Care of Older People, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK
  1. david.cohen{at}nhs.net

As suggested by Apps and colleagues,1 we have already quantified the group of patients with stroke who are eligible for thrombectomy.

After publication of the thrombectomy trials, we studied all admissions to our hyperacute stroke unit to see how many would be eligible for endovascular therapy if the trial criteria were applied. The criteria were …

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