Ismalia de Sousa: Keep up to date with the huge improvements in stroke treatment

Thrombectomy can transform people’s recovery after stroke but access to treatment still depends on a good understanding of symptoms and local care pathways. 

Thrombectomy can transform people’s recovery after stroke but access to treatment still depends on a good understanding of symptoms and local care pathways

Brain imaging as a diagnostic tool for ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke was developed in the 1960s, but more recently there has been an astonishing improvement in stroke care in the UK. While thrombolysis, the clot-busting treatment, is now considered to be usual care, a new kid on the block has emerged.

Thrombectomy, the mechanical removal of a blood clot by a guided wire, is the newest emergency stroke treatment. Its implementation across England is one of the biggest investments that NHS England specialised commissioning has ever made. The investment is a consequence of the analysis of five research trials of thrombectomy in acute ischaemic stroke patients published in 2016 by Goyal et al.

The first thrombectomy national data for England,


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