What is the role of ultrasound in fibrinolysis therapy in the treatment of ischemic stroke?

Updated: May 27, 2020
  • Author: Edward C Jauch, MD, MS, FAHA, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Researchers have studied the use of transcranial ultrasound as a means of assisting rt-PA in fibrinolysis. [93, 94] By delivering mechanical pressure waves to the thrombus, ultrasound can theoretically expose more of the thrombus’s surface to the circulating fibrinolytic agent. Further research is necessary to determine the exact role of transcranial Doppler ultrasound in assisting fibrinolytics in acute ischemic stroke.

For more information, see Thrombolytic Therapy in Stroke and Reperfusion Injury in Stroke.


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