Dr. Philip Meyers, Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery at Columbia University and Co-Director of Neuroendovascular Services at New York Presbyterian Hospital, has co-authored another set of treatment standards, this time for stroke patients with an acute blood clot in a brain artery.
This condition, also called emergent large vessel occlusion, happens when a blood clot blocks one of the main blood vessels in the brain. If these clots cannot be treated quickly, blood flow is shut off to part of the brain, often leaving patients with long-term disability.
They found that patients who had emergency surgery to remove the clot (embolectomy) along with a drug that helps dissolve the clot do better than patients who were given the drug by itself.
The doctors involved in the study were working on behalf of the Standards and Guidelines Committee of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS). The society is a group of multidisciplinary doctors who work to find the best and least invasive ways to treat stroke, brain aneurysms, and other diseases of the head, neck and spine.
An article outlining these practices was published in the Journal of NeuroInterventional Surgery, Volume 7, Issue 5 and is titled Embolectomy for stroke with emergent large vessel occlusion (ELVO): report of the Standards and Guidelines Committee of the Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery.
You can read more of the article here.
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