Logistical and financial obstacles for endovascular therapy of acute stroke implementation

Int J Stroke. 2016 Jul;11(5):502-8. doi: 10.1177/1747493016641959. Epub 2016 Mar 25.


After publication of the recent positive randomized clinical endovascular trials, several questions and obstacles for wide spread implementation remain. We address specific issues namely efficacy, safety, logistics, timing, sedation, numbers, imaging, manpower, centers, geographics, and economical aspects of endovascular therapy. As we move forward, a high degree of collaboration will be crucial to implement a therapy with established overwhelming treatment efficacy for severe acute stroke patients.

Keywords: Acute stroke therapy; cerebral infarction; intervention; ischaemic stroke; reperfusion; stroke; stroke facilities; thrombolysis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Endovascular Procedures* / adverse effects
  • Endovascular Procedures* / economics
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Stroke / diagnostic imaging
  • Stroke / economics
  • Stroke / surgery*