Enterprise Stent Implantation in the Treatment of Carotid Artery Stenosis With Ischemic Stroke

2016-06-16 18:23:21 | BioPortfolio


To investigate the long-term effects of intracranial implantation of Enterprise stent system versus antiplatelet medication on neurologic deficits, daily living abilities, and carotid artery stenosis in patients with atherosclerotic ischemic stroke.


Atherosclerosis is a chronic degenerative disease that can cause intracranial carotid artery stenosis, which is a leading cause of ischemic stroke. The currently used interventions for carotid artery stenosis in ischemic stroke include internal medication, carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS). Internal medication for carotid artery stenosis is mainly performed to reduce risk factors for cerebrovascular disease, including anti-platelet aggregation, anticoagulation, lowering blood lipid and blood pressure, controlling blood glucose and improving living habits. As for patients with mild carotid artery stenosis, internal medication is generally recommended. Carotid endarterectomy has been confirmed to be a gold standard for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis. However, it is also limited by some factors including sophisticated technique, great trauma, general anesthesia, severe stroke, 9% fatality rate, and 7.6% cranial nerve injury. In addition, carotid endarterectomy is not suitable for patients with high-position or tandem carotid artery stenosis or carotid artery stenosis complicated by contralateral carotid artery occlusion. In recent years, CAS has been increasingly used for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis in patients with ischemic stroke because of its minimally invasive procedure, rapid recovery process and wide indications.

Enterprise stent system is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved closed loop recoverable self-expanding stent that has been confirmed to be highly effective in the treatment of intracranial aneurysm. Existing evidence on use of Enterprise stent system for intracranial artery stenosis in patients with ischemic stroke mainly focus on case series and case reports.

There is a lack of randomized controlled trial evidence regarding long-term effects of Enterprise stent implantation for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis after ischemic stroke. The existing related reports are case series or case reports with the caveats like non-randomized, non-blinded design with small sample sizes. Therefore, in this study, the investigators designed a double-blind, randomized, drug control trial to investigate the efficacy of Enterprise stent implantation in the treatment of carotid artery stenosis in patients with ischemic stroke.

Enterprise stent system is a novel closed loop self-expanding stent that is made of Ni-Ti alloy and shows favorable flexibility and ease in use, and its use was approved in 2009 in China. The current clinical evidence regarding use of Enterprise stent system mainly address on aneurismal treatment. In this study, the investigators will use Enterprise stent system to treat carotid artery stenosis in patients with ischemic stroke, which is of important clinical significance for secondary prevention of ischemic stroke. In addition, there is no long-term follow-up evidence regarding Enterprise stent implantation of carotid artery stenosis after ischemic stroke, so 3-year follow-up will be performed in this study.

In this study, simple antiplatelet drug will be used as controls to investigate the superiority of Enterprise stent implantation in combination with antiplatelet over antiplatelet medication only in the treatment of carotid artery stenosis. Outcomes from this study will add objective, rigorous, double-blind, randomized, controlled long-term follow-up trial evidence to Enterprise stent implantation for the treatment of carotid artery stenosis after ischemic stroke.

Adverse events Possible adverse events associated with Enterprise stent implantation include puncture site hematoma, vascular spasm, bradycardia, hypotension, cerebral hyperperfusion syndrome, device shifting, local ischemia, vascular occlusion, ischemic stroke, intraoperative hypertension, postoperative hypotension and hypoglycemia. If adverse events occur, details of the event including the date of occurrence, measures taken related to the treatment, causal relationship with the treatment and treatment of the adverse event will be reported to the principal investigator and the institutional review board within 24 hours.

Data collection, management, analysis and open access All data will be collected in case report forms and collated. Collated data will be input into an electronic database using a double-data entry strategy by trained professional stall. Information accuracy will be checked when all included patients will be followed up. The collected data will be locked by a researcher in charge and will not be altered for later review. All data related to this trial will be preserved by Beijing Chao-yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China. The electronic database will be fully known to a professional statistician for statistical analysis. Anonymized trial data will be published at

Statistical analysis All data will be statistically analyzed by a statistician blinded to randomization using SPSS 17.0 software. The successive normally distributed variables will be expressed as the mean ± SD. The non-normally distributed variables will be expressed as median and quartile. Classification variables will be expressed as counts and the percentage. Two-sample t-test (normally distributed data) or Mann-Whitney U test (non-normally distributed data) will be used for comparison of NIHSS score and Barthel index between stent implantation and drug groups. Chi-square test or Fisher's exact test will be used for comparison of carotid stenosis rate between these two groups. A level of P < 0.05 will be accepted as statistically significant.

Auditing Trial progression will be reported to the ethics committee of Beijing Chao-yang Hospital, Capital Medical University, China every 1 year and the trial's status will be updated in the registration database.

Confidentiality Trial data include paper and electronic forms. Electronic data will be preserved in a dedicated password-protected computer and managed by a data management professional. Data reported on paper will be preserved in a secure, locked place for future viewing.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Carotid Artery Stenosis


Enterprise stent implantation, Only aspirin medication




Beijing Chao Yang Hospital

Results (where available)

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Damages to the CAROTID ARTERIES caused either by blunt force or penetrating trauma, such as CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA; THORACIC INJURIES; and NECK INJURIES. Damaged carotid arteries can lead to CAROTID ARTERY THROMBOSIS; CAROTID-CAVERNOUS SINUS FISTULA; pseudoaneurysm formation; and INTERNAL CAROTID ARTERY DISSECTION. (From Am J Forensic Med Pathol 1997, 18:251; J Trauma 1994, 37:473)

Pathological conditions involving the CAROTID ARTERIES, including the common, internal, and external carotid arteries. ATHEROSCLEROSIS and TRAUMA are relatively frequent causes of carotid artery pathology.

The two principal arteries supplying the structures of the head and neck. They ascend in the neck, one on each side, and at the level of the upper border of the thyroid cartilage, each divides into two branches, the external (CAROTID ARTERY, EXTERNAL) and internal (CAROTID ARTERY, INTERNAL) carotid arteries.

The splitting of the vessel wall in one or both (left and right) internal carotid arteries (CAROTID ARTERY, INTERNAL). Interstitial hemorrhage into the media of the vessel wall can lead to occlusion of the internal carotid artery and aneurysm formation.

Either of the two principal arteries on both sides of the neck that supply blood to the head and neck; each divides into two branches, the internal carotid artery and the external carotid artery.

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