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Comment & Response
April 26, 2016

Mechanical Thrombectomy and Functional Outcomes After Stroke

Author Affiliations
  • 1Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 2Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • 3Center for Evidence Based Medicine, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
JAMA. 2016;315(16):1791-1792. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0383

To the Editor Dr Badhiwala and colleagues1 followed the Cochrane Collaboration standards to conduct a systematic review on the use of mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke. Reviewing 8 randomized clinical trials, the authors concluded that, in selected patients, endovascular thrombectomy was associated with improved functional outcomes over standard medical care, without differences in adverse events.

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