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Clot Permeability Linked to First-Attempt Success of Aspiration Thrombectomy

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In certain patients suffering a severe ischemic stroke, a mechanical device can be used to remove a clot blocking blood flow to the brain. The minimally invasive procedure either suctions the clot directly out of a large artery to the brain (known as aspiration thrombectomy) or by grabbing and extracting the blockage with a stent (stent-retrieval thrombectomy). Last year, a major trial known as COMPASS found both catheter-guided techniques to be equally safe and effective as first-line approaches for treating emergent large vessel occlusions (ELVO), the most destructive type of ischemic stroke.

Now, a multicenter study led by ...