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Thrombectomy can be considered up to 24 hours after onset of stroke, says NICE

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 23 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4995
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

Patients with acute ischaemic stroke should be considered for thrombectomy up to 24 hours after the onset of symptoms, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended in a draft guideline update,1 as new evidence shows that extending the eligibility period beyond the current 12 hour limit reduces disability and is cost effective.

The guideline committee recommended that thrombectomy should be offered to patients with acute ischaemic stroke whose symptoms started in the previous 24 hours. Confirmed occlusion of the proximal …

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