Poor prognosis of acute stroke patients denied thrombolysis due to early CT findings

Nishith Joshi, Seemant Chaturvedi, William M. Coplin

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Objectives. Whether acute stroke patients with major early infarct signs on computed tomography (CT) should be treated with intravenous (IV) thrombolysis remains controversial. The authors sought to define the outcomes in 5 consecutive patients who were not treated with IV thrombolysis, according to established guidelines. Methods. The authors retrospectively analyzed the outcomes of a consecutive series of 5 patients evaluated by an acute stroke team at a university medical center and who were denied IV tissue plasminogen activator due to early CT changes. Results. Five patients with a median National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score of 22 (range 20-28) were evaluated. Despite aggressive care (e.g., hemicraniectomy), 2 patients died owing to herniation, 1 patient died of cardiac causes, and neither of the 2 surviving patients achieved a 3-month Rankin score below 4 (moderately severe disability). Conclusions. Given the poor prognosis of patients with hemispheric stroke and early CT changes, alternative treatment modalities such as intra-arterial thrombolysis, early hemicraniectomy, and neuroprotective therapy should be vigorously pursued.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuroimaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Computed tomography
  • Hemicraniectomy
  • Thrombolysis
  • Tissue plasminogen activator

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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