Clinical Outcome of Mechanical Thrombectomy for Stroke in the Elderly

J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2017 Mar;26(3):582-588. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.11.117. Epub 2016 Dec 21.


Background: Endovascular revascularization with mechanical devices has proven an effective treatment for proximal occlusions of the major intracranial arteries in stroke patients, but there is only limited information as to whether there should be an age limit for its use. We aimed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of endovascular revascularization in stroke patients aged 80 years and older, and compare the results with younger patients.

Methods: We prospectively collected 81 consecutive patients subjected to mechanical thrombectomy for proximal occlusion of the anterior circulation during a period of 27 months. According to age, patients were divided into those aged less than 80 years (younger group) and those aged 80 years and older (elderly group). We analyzed favorable outcome, successful and futile recanalization, neurological improvement, in-hospital complications, and mortality in both groups.

Results: A favorable outcome (modified Rankin Scale score ≤2 at 3 months) was reached by 51.6% in the elderly group and 64% of younger patients, and neurological improvement (improvement of ≥4 points on National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale) was present in 77.4% of the elderly group. Overall, successful recanalization rates were 95.1% and futile recanalization reached 39% without statistically significant differences between both groups. Elderly patients presented more in-hospital complications (61.3% versus 38%) and higher mortality rates (16.1% versus 8%).

Conclusions: Clinical independence was reached in over half of elderly stroke patients treated with mechanical thrombectomy, supporting the use of this treatment without age restriction.

Keywords: Stroke; endovascular revascularization; mechanical thrombectomy; thrombectomy.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Aging*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stroke / surgery*
  • Stroke / therapy
  • Thrombectomy / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome*