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Brain Sci. 2013, 3(2), 521-539; doi:10.3390/brainsci3020521

Endovascular Thrombectomy Following Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Single-Center Case Series and Critical Review of the Literature

Department of Neurological Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center, 710 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA
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Received: 14 February 2013 / Revised: 26 March 2013 / Accepted: 28 March 2013 / Published: 12 April 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neuroprotection against Ischemic Brain Injury)
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Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) due to thrombo-embolic occlusion in the cerebral vasculature is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States and throughout the world. Although the prognosis is poor for many patients with AIS, a variety of strategies and devices are now available for achieving recanalization in patients with this disease. Here, we review the treatment options for cerebrovascular thromboembolic occlusion with a focus on the evolution of strategies and devices that are utilized for achieving endovascular clot extraction. In order to demonstrate the progression of this treatment strategy over the past decade, we will also present a single-center case series of AIS patients treated with endovascular thrombectomy.
Keywords: acute ischemic stroke; endovascular; mechanical thrombectomy acute ischemic stroke; endovascular; mechanical thrombectomy
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Sussman, E.; Kellner, C.; McDowell, M.; Yang, P.; Nelson, E.; Greenberg, S.; Sahlein, D.; Lavine, S.; Meyers, P.; Connolly, E.S. Endovascular Thrombectomy Following Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Single-Center Case Series and Critical Review of the Literature. Brain Sci. 2013, 3, 521-539.

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