Rescue thrombolysis for failure of primary thrombolysis cannot be justifiedBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7178.261 (Published 23 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:261
- A G C Sutton, Research fellow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Department of Cardiology, South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough TS4 3BW
EDITOR—Drenth et al suggest a policy of repeat thrombolysis if initial thrombolysis fails,1 but their arguments are flawed.
Firstly, they state that a routine policy of rescue angioplasty cannot be justified from a review of the literature, although they fail to mention that the trial by Ellis et al showed a significant reduction in the incidence of death or severe heart failure in the rescue angioplasty group compared with the conservative group.2 …