Endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke in octogenarians compared with younger patients: a meta-analysis

Int J Stroke. 2014 Apr;9(3):308-12. doi: 10.1111/ijs.12098. Epub 2013 Aug 26.


Background: Little is known about the safety and efficacy of endovascular therapy for acute ischemic stroke in octogenarians.

Aim: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of published studies comparing outcomes of octogenarians and younger patients after endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke.

Methods: A computerized search of the medical literature from 1990 to 2012 was performed to identify comparative studies of endovascular treatment of ischemic stroke patients 80 years or older and younger patients. Data on clinical outcomes, mortality, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage, and recanalization were abstracted.

Results: Data from eight studies with 2729 patients were included in the final analysis. Good functional outcome defined as modified Rankin score 2 or less within 90 days was more common in younger patients compared with octogenarians [odds ratio 2.694; 95% confidence interval 1.941-3.740, P < 0.001). Symptomatic hemorrhage and death were significantly more come in patients 80 years or older (odds ratio 1.604; 95% confidence interval 1.013-2.540, P = 0.04 and odds ratio 3.695; 95% confidence interval 2.517-5.424, P < 0.001, respectively). Successful recanalization defined as Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) 2-3 was seen less frequently in older patients; however, this did not reach statistical significance (odds ratio 0.814; 95% confidence interval 0.522-1.269, P = 0.364).

Conclusion: Formal meta-analysis showed that octogenarians are less likely to achieve functional independence and have higher rates of mortality and intracerebral hemorrhage following endovascular treatment for ischemic stroke compared with younger patients. Decisions regarding endovascular treatment of elderly patients should be individualized until randomized controlled trials are available.

Keywords: elderly; endovascular; ischemic stroke; thrombolysis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging*
  • Brain Ischemia / complications
  • Endovascular Procedures / methods*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Stroke / etiology
  • Stroke / therapy*