What predicts poor outcome after successful thrombectomy in late time windows?

J Neurointerv Surg. 2021 May;13(5):421-425. doi: 10.1136/neurintsurg-2020-016125. Epub 2020 Jun 17.


Background: Thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke treatment leads to improved outcomes, but many patients do not achieve a good outcome despite successful reperfusion. We determined predictors of poor outcome after successful thrombectomy (TICI 2b-3) with an emphasis on modifiable factors.

Methods: Patients from the randomized DEFUSE 3 trial who underwent thrombectomy with TICI 2b-3 revascularization were included. Primary outcome was a poor outcome at 90 days (modified Rankin Scale score 3-6).

Results: 70 patients were included. Poor outcome patients were older (73.5 vs 66.5 years; P=0.01), more likely to be female (68% vs 39%; P=0.02), had higher NIHSS scores (20 vs 13; P<0.001), and had poor cerebral perfusion collaterals (hypoperfusion intensity ratio) (median 0.45 vs 0.38; P=0.03). Following thrombectomy, poor outcome patients had larger 24 hour' core infarctions (median 59.5 vs 29.9 mL; P=0.01), more core infarction growth (median 33.6 vs 13.4 mL; P<0.001), and more mild (65% vs 50%; P=0.02) and severe (18% vs 0%; P=0.01) reperfusion hemorrhage. In a logistic regression analysis, the presence of any reperfusion hemorrhage (OR 3.3 [95% CI, 1.67 to 5]; P=0.001), age (OR 1.1 [95% CI, 1.03 to 1.11], P=0.004), higher NIHSS (OR 1.25 [95% CI, 1.07 to 1.41], P=0.002), and time from imaging to femoral artery puncture (OR 5 [95% CI, 1.16 to 16.67], P=0.03) independently predicted poor outcomes.

Conclusions: In late time windows, both mild and severe reperfusion hemorrhage were associated with poor outcomes. Older age, higher NIHSS, and increased time from imaging to arterial puncture were also associated with poor outcomes despite successful revascularization.

Trial registration: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02586415.

Keywords: hemorrhage; stroke; thrombectomy.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain Ischemia / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Ischemia / surgery*
  • Endovascular Procedures / methods
  • Endovascular Procedures / trends
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reperfusion / methods
  • Reperfusion / trends*
  • Stroke / diagnostic imaging*
  • Stroke / surgery*
  • Thrombectomy / methods
  • Thrombectomy / trends*
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02586415