Question and Methods: The authors evaluated the role of perfusion-imaging facilitated thrombolysis in strokes of unknown duration by way of a systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis.
Findings: Perfusion-imaging facilitated thrombolysis improved neurological outcomes (mRS 0-1 at 90 days: 47 vs 39% [OR 1.49, 95% CI 1.10-2.03, P = 0.011] for tPA vs placebo).
Limitations: Trials reviewed were all stopped early, possibly introducing bias and 85% of perfusion imaging used was MRI, limiting applicability to a Canadian context.
Interpretation: Stroke care is evolving and becoming more nuanced; perfusion-imaging is likely to disrupt traditional time cut-offs for thrombolysis in the near future.
By: Dr. Doran Drew
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