Endovascular mechanical thrombectomy of an occluded superior division branch of the left MCA for acute cardioembolic stroke

H. Christian Schumacher, P. M. Meyers, D. R. Yavagal, N. Y. Harel, M. S.V. Elkind, J. P. Mohr, J. Pile-Spellman

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Cardiac embolism accounts for a large proportion of ischemic stroke. Revascularization using systemic or intra-arterial thrombolysis is associated with increasing risks of cerebral hemorrhage as time passes from stroke onset. We report successful mechanical thrombectomy from a distal branch of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) using a novel technique. A 72-year old man suffered an acute ischemic stroke from an echocardiographically proven ventricular thrombus due to a recent myocardial infarction. Intraarterial administration of 4 mg rt-PA initiated at 5.7 hours post-ictus failed to recanalize an occluded superior division branch of the left MCA. At 6 hours, symptomatic embolic occlusion persisted. Mechanical extraction of the clot using an Attracter-18 device (Target Therapeutics, Freemont, CA) resulted in immediate recanalization of the MCA branch. Attracter-18 for acute occlusion of MCA branches may be considered in selected patients who fail conventional thrombolysis or are nearing closure of the therapeutic window for use of thrombolytic agents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)305-308
Number of pages4
JournalCardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Cardioembolic stroke
  • Endovascular treatment
  • Mechanical embolectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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