Reocclusion within 24 hours spells trouble ahead

Researchers suggest waiting 20 minutes post-thrombectomy before angiography check

Some thrombectomy patients are at increased risk of reocclusion 24 hours after the procedure and have significantly worse outcomes, Swiss researchers report.

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Their findings have prompted them to suggest waiting 10-20 minutes for a high-risk patient before performing the immediate post-procedure angiography to check there is no residual thrombus or stenosis.

The researchers, from Lausanne University Hospital, analysed records from 423 patients who had a successful mechanical thrombectomy between 2003 and 2018.