Alteplase study sparks call for protocol change

Australia’s emergency stroke treatment protocols should be revised, says a co-author of a study that shows alteplase has marked benefits when administered urgently, regardless of the age of the patient.

Those who receive the drug have a 75% better outcome if they are treated within the first three hours, according to the study published in The Lancet.

“There should be no upper age limit for treatment. Likewise, patients with severe stroke clearly benefit from treatment,

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