Emergent endovascular recanalization for cervical internal carotid artery occlusion in patients presenting with acute stroke.
ABSTRACT Acute proximal (cervical) internal carotid artery (ICA) occlusion may cause ischemia of an entire hemisphere or no ischemia at all, depending on the presence of intracranial collaterals.
To retrospectively analyze the clinical results for emergent endovascular carotid recanalization in patients with acute proximal (cervical) ICA occlusion and to assess predictors of recanalization and clinical, neurological, and functional outcome.
Emergent endovascular revascularization was attempted in 22 patients presenting with acute stroke secondary to complete cervical ICA occlusion. Patients with pseudo-occlusion were excluded. Recanalization was assessed with the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Ischemia (TIMI) system: grade 0 (no flow) to grade 3 (normal flow).
The median age of the patients was 65 years; mean admission National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score was 14. Recanalization (TIMI grade 2/3) occurred in 17 patients (77.3%). Ten patients (45.5%) demonstrated significant clinical improvement during hospitalization (NIHSS improved ≥4 points). Fifty percent of patients had good outcomes (modified Rankin Scale ≤2) after a median follow-up of 3 months. Patient age <70 years and successful recanalization (TIMI grade 2/3) predicted a good outcome (P ≤ .01). Presence of atrial fibrillation, admission NIHSS score ≥20, and complete ICA occlusion at all levels (cervical, petrocavernous, and intracranial) were associated with poor outcomes (P ≤ .05). Patients with complete cervical ICA occlusion but partial distal preservation of the vessel were most likely to benefit from the intervention (recanalization in 88.2%; good outcome in 64.7%).
Attempts at emergent endovascular carotid recanalization for acute stroke are encouraged, particularly in younger patients with partial distal preservation of the ICA.
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ABSTRACT: There are few reports describing stroke due to the acute occlusion of the vertebral artery (VA) origin successfully treated by endovascularily. The authors report a case of 78-year-old man suffering from stroke owing to acute VA origin occlusion associated with contralateral hypoplastic VA leading to basilar artery (BA) thrombosis. Cerebral angiography demonstrated that the right VA was occluded at its origin, the left VA was hypoplastic, and BA was filled with thrombus. The occlusion of VA origin was initially passed through with a microcatheter and microwire. Hereafter, angioplasty was performed followed by stenting with a coronary stent. The VA origin was successfully recanalized. Next, a microcatheter was navigated intracranially through the stent and fibrinolysis was performed for BA thrombus. The patient's symptoms gradually improved postoperatively. Stroke due to acute VA origin occlusion leading to BA thrombosis was successfully treated by angioplasty and stenting followed by intracranial fibrinolysis.Neurointervention. 02/2013; 8(1):41-5.
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Acute large cerebral artery occlusions respond poorly to systemic thrombolysis with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rTPA) alone. The value of stent retriever-based mechanical thrombectomy in patients with additional extracranial occlusion of the internal carotid artery (ICA), who require acute a priori extracranial stenting in order to reach the intracranial obstruction site, is not well known. We determined the outcome after emergency revascularization in acute stroke with tandem occlusions of the anterior circulation. METHODS: According to specific inclusion/exclusion criteria, eligible stroke patients with large artery occlusions underwent mechanical recanalization with the Solitaire stent retriever. In case of a tandem occlusion, we performed an acute stenting with the Wallstent before thrombectomy. From October 2009 to March 2011, 50 patients were treated according to this protocol; time frames, clinical data, recanalization rates, and midterm outcome were recorded. RESULTS: Forty-one patients had a large artery occlusion in the anterior circulation and nine in the posterior circulation. Mechanical recanalization was successful in 35/41 cases (85 %). Six of 41 patients (15 %) died in the acute phase. In 17/41 patients (42 %), thrombectomy was preceded by an emergency stenting in the extracranial portion of the internal carotid artery (ICA). National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)/modified Rankin Scale (mRS) scores showed significant improvement in both the stenting group and the nonstenting group; there were no significant differences between the groups. At 90 days, 54 % of patients with emergency stenting had a good outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Acute extracranial stenting with the Wallstent combined with intracranial Solitaire-based thrombectomy is safe and may lead to an improvement in neurological outcome in patients with an otherwise poor prognosis under i.v. thrombolysis alone.Clinical neuroradiology. 01/2013;
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ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Acute cervical carotid artery occlusion presents with a severe neurological deficit and is associated with unfavorable outcomes. In this study, the authors report their experience with patients having had acute ischemic stroke due to cervical carotid occlusion, who underwent endovascular intervention. METHOD: Sixteen acute cervical carotid occlusion patients (15 males and 1 female; mean age 67.7 years) were treated by endovascularly between January 2009 and November 2012. Clinical, procedural, and angiographic data were retrospectively evaluated. Successful intracranial recanalization was based on thrombolysis in cerebral infarction score of 2B-3. A favorable outcome was defined as a modified Rankin Scale score of 0-2 at 90 days. FINDINGS: The average score of National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale before treatment was 15.9. Ten of 16 patients (63 %) were associated with intracranial tandem occlusion. Ten (63 %) cases were caused by atherosclerotic, 4 (25 %) by atrial fibrillation (AF), and 2 (13 %) by dissection. Thirteen of 16 (81 %) achieved successful cervical recanalization and 7 of 16 (44 %) patients obtained sufficient cervical and intracranial perfusion. As a result, 5 of 16 (31 %) patients demonstrated favorable outcomes. Five of seven patients (71 %) with successful cervical and intracranial recanalization presented favorable outcomes. In contrast, none of the patients without cervical or intracranial recanalization presented favorable outcomes. Three of 6 (50 %) patients initially without intracranial occlusion showed favorable outcomes, but only 2 of 10 (20 %) patients associated with intracranial occlusion had favorable outcomes. On the aspect of etiology, in atherosclerotic cases, 4 of 10 (40 %) showed favorable outcomes. However, all four AF cases deteriorated into poor outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated the feasibility of endovascular intervention for acute cervical carotid artery occlusion. Although treatment for tandem occlusion and AF cases is an issue that should be resolved, intervention must be encouraged. Successful cervical and intracranial revascularization will be essential for favorable outcomes.Acta Neurochirurgica 04/2013; · 1.55 Impact Factor