What is the role of embolectomy in the treatment of basilar artery thrombosis?

Updated: Jan 11, 2019
  • Author: Salvador Cruz-Flores, MD, MPH, FAHA, FCCM, FAAN, FACP, FANA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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In the Mechanical Embolus Removal in Cerebral Ischemia (MERCI) and Multi MERCI trials, mechanical embolectomy in 27 patients resulted in a 78% recanalization rate, a mortality rate of 44%, and a good clinical outcome in 41% of patients. Patients who underwent recanalization had better outcomes than did those without recanalization. [19]


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