Pre-treatment lesional volume in older stroke patients treated with endovascular treatment

Int J Stroke. 2022 Dec;17(10):1085-1092. doi: 10.1177/17474930211068657. Epub 2022 Feb 28.


Background: Recent studies in the general stroke population treated with endovascular treatment (EVT) reported that higher pre-treatment lesional volumes were independently associated with poor neurological outcome and functional dependence after stroke. However, it has been not evaluated in older patients.

Aim: We test the association between the pre-treatment lesional volume on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging and relevant outcome measures in older adults with stroke treated with EVT.

Methods: We included consecutive older adults with stroke (⩾80 years old) treated with EVT in two academic comprehensive stroke centers. The association between pre-treatment lesional volume and relevant outcome measures (poor outcome (modified Rankin scale 4-6), 3-month mortality and symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH)) was evaluated using univariate and multivariable models.

Results: Five hundred seventy-nine patients were included (mean age: 85.6 ± 4.1, median lesional volume was 10 ml; interquartile range: 3-30 ml). Pre-treatment lesional volume was associated with poor functional outcome (adjusted odds ratio (aOR): 1.87, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.60-2.20, for +1 logarithmic increase of lesional volume), 3-month mortality (aOR: 1.50, CI: 1.28-1.76), and sICH (aOR: 1.67, CI: 1.27-2.20). A threshold lesional volume >35 ml predicted 90% of patients with poor functional outcome and a cut-off >51 ml predicted 90% of patients dead at 3 months.

Conclusions: Pre-treatment lesional volume might contribute, in association with other relevant clinical features, to the selection of older stroke patients who will benefit from EVT.

Keywords: Older stroke patients; endovascular treatment; pre-treatment lesional volume.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brain Ischemia* / therapy
  • Cerebral Infarction / etiology
  • Endovascular Procedures* / methods
  • Humans
  • Registries
  • Stroke*
  • Treatment Outcome