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February 2009

Percutaneous Clot Removal in Acute Ischemic Stroke

Arch Neurol. 2009;66(2):283-284. doi:10.1001/archneurol.2008.549

We have many concerns regarding the article titled “Percutaneous Clot Removal Devices in Acute Ischemic Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” by Stead et al.1 While we appreciate the need for an article reviewing the efficacy of thrombectomy devices, this particular review has serious methodological problems that put its conclusions of improved outcome with thrombectomy in doubt.

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