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Extended timeline for thrombectomy means increased chances of avoiding disability after stroke

DALLAS – April 16, 2018 – At the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, researchers presented results from the DAWN and DEFUSE 3 clinical trials that indicate a procedure called thrombectomy can be effective in certain stroke patients up to 24 hours after stroke symptom presentation. In these patients, thrombectomy can double a patient’s chances of avoiding disability after stroke. Dr. Mark Goldberg, LSS Executive Committee member and Chair of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern, explains why the standard timeline for using a technique called thrombectomy has changed and what it means for patients with ischemic stroke.

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