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Comment & Response
January 2017

Intra-arterial Treatment for Basilar Artery Occlusion—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
JAMA Neurol. 2017;74(1):130-131. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.4870

In Reply We thank Bhatti and Sivakumaran for their comments on our article.1 First, the authors mention the relatively low mean age of 58 years of our cohort (this includes 1 child of 4 years). The patients in the Basilar Artery International Cooperation Study (BASICS) had a mean age of 63 years.2 We think it is unlikely that this difference of 5 years has had an important influence on the results. Moreover, BASICS is a prospective patient registry, without stringent inclusion criteria. This suggests that patients with basilar artery occlusion have a lower age compared with patients with anterior circulation stroke.

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