Features January 2016 Issue

New Blood Clot Retriever Vital in Emergency Stroke Treatment

A neurovascular stent retriever is fitted to the end of a catheter and guided through blood vessels up to the place where a clot is causing a stroke. The cage-like structure grabs the clot and pulls it away as the catheter is removed. Blood flow then returns to normal.

New Blood Clot Retriever Vital in Emergency Stroke Treatment

The neurovascular stent retriever can help when a clot-busting medication can't be used. It's becoming standard in stroke treatment centers.

One of the top new medical breakthroughs is a neurovascular stent retriever that enters a patient's body (via catheter) and removes blood clots. This is revolutionary for stroke patients and treatment centers. Acute ischemic stroke patients have a much better likelihood of recovery . Until recently, the only approved method for removing a clot from an artery during a stroke was a medication called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). An injection of tPA could help dissolve the clot and restore blood flow. But the drug alone doesn't always do the trick.

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