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ASTER: Contact aspiration comparable to stent retrievers for thrombectomy in ischemic stroke

February 22, 2017

Contact aspiration in patients with ischemic stroke caused by large vessel occlusion may be a feasible frontline strategy for thrombectomy, according to results from the ASTER trial presented at the International Stroke Conference.

“The gold standard of ischemic stroke treatment with large vessel occlusion is mechanical thrombectomy with a stent retriever technique,” researcher Bertrand Lapergue, MD, of the Foch Hospital, University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines, in Suresnes, France, said during a press conference, noting that the rate of successful reperfusion, as defined by a modified Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) score of 2b or 3, with stent retrievers is 71%. “This is good, but we need to increase the rate of successful reperfusion and full reperfusion (TICI 3).”

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