Mixed findings for stent retrievers

A meta-analysis of all recent randomised trials of stent retrievers has found they significantly improve functional recovery but not mortality.

Patients randomised to stent retriever therapy plus tPA were 72% more likely to have regained functional independence at 90 days, compared to those with tPA only.

The number of patients needed to treat for one patient to achieve functional independence at 90 days was six,

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