Critical procedure available for more stroke victims

Thrombectomies provide benefits when performed within 24 hours of onset, study finds

The findings of a study published last year are changing the way medical professionals treat stroke victims, according to a neurosurgeon at [GNI at Crozer].

Brain surgeons have been removing blood clots from stroke victims for nearly two decades. Previous research suggested those extractions needed to occur within six hours of stroke onset, a time restriction that eliminated the treatment possibility for many stroke victims – particularly those who experienced onset in their sleep.

But the DAWN clinical trials determined stroke outcomes can improve when blood clots are removed within 6 to 24 hours after symptoms first develop.

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"The way that we look at stroke patients now is very, very different."

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Erol Veznedaroglu,