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.
Rodrigues FB, Langhorne P, Costa J. Mechanical Thrombectomy and Functional Outcomes After Stroke. JAMA. 2016;315(16):1791-1792. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0383