One in four over-80s do well after thrombectomy

Aussie study suggests that for large vessel occlusion in the anterior circulation, it is better to intervene than not

More than a quarter of 80-year-olds with anterior circulation acute ischaemic stroke benefit from thrombectomy, despite their age, an Australian study suggests.

Emergency department

Findings show that 28% of 71 octogenarians (mean age 85) undergoing thrombectomy at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney had a good outcome 90 days after stroke onset, defined as a score of 0-2 on the modified Rankin Scale.

This compared with good 90-day outcomes in 55% of 110 younger patients (mean age 64) treated at the same comprehensive stroke centre, said the authors, led by senior