Thumbs up for thrombectomy: meta-analysis

Patients have better functional outcomes if they undergo endovascular thrombectomy rather than standard of care treatment for acute ischaemic stroke, a meta-analysis reveals.

The analysis of eight randomised trials, comparing 1313 patients who underwent endovascular thrombectomy with 1110 who received standard intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), shows functional outcomes were better in the endovascular group.