Optical Coherence Tomography Guided Antithrombotic Treatment After Endovascular Thrombectomy of the Posterior Circulation

2019-10-16 10:39:39 | BioPortfolio


Evidence regarding the role of early (<24 hours) antithrombotics post-revascularization with either intravenous thrombolysis (IVT), endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), or a combination of both remains scarce. In 2018 the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association changed their recommendation, stating that the risk of antithrombotic therapy within the first 24 hours after treatment with IVT (with or without EVT) is uncertain. This was changed after data emerged that early antithrombotics may be safe and may improve outcomes in select patients undergoing EVT.

Recently our group showed for the first time that significant residual basilar thrombus can exist after EVT despite complete angiographic revascularization using endovascular optical coherence tomography imaging. This residual thrombus could cause ongoing function-limiting strokes with occlusion of vital basilar perforators after EVT. Therefore, we propose a prospective,non-randomized safety study to evaluate optical coherence tomography guided antithrombotic management for patients with confirmed residual thrombus after EVT for basilar occlusion.

Study Design


Stroke of Basilar Artery


Unfractionated heparin, Acetylsalicylic Acid (ASA)


Not yet recruiting


Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-10-16T10:39:39-0400

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