Background: The treatment of acute ischemic stroke in the setting of infective endocarditis (IE) is not well established. Although there have been a few reports on the use of intravenous thrombolysis, the role of mechanical thrombolysis through embolectomy is unknown.
Case description: A 78-year-old woman with an acute middle cerebral artery stroke secondary to septic embolization underwent successful stent retrieval of the septic embolus, followed by complete revascularization and neurologic improvement.
Conclusions: Mechanical thrombolysis with embolectomy may be a safe and efficacious option for selected patients with acute ischemic stroke secondary to IE.
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