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Pediatric stroke thrombectomy study sheds light on off-label procedure

Key clinical point: Thrombectomy appears to be an effective treatment with positive signs for safety for use in pediatric arterial ischemic stroke.

Major finding: Neurologic outcomes improved from a median Pediatric National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of 14.0 at admission to 4.0 at day 7.

Study details: The data come from a retrospective, multicenter study of 73 children from 27 stroke centers.

Disclosures: Dr. Sporns had no financial conflicts to disclose; several coauthors disclosed relationships with multiple pharmaceutical companies.


Sporns P et al. JAMA Neurol. 2019 Oct 14. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.3403