What are the eligibility criteria for thrombolytic therapy in vertebrobasilar stroke?

Updated: Mar 03, 2020
  • Author: Vladimir Kaye, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA  more...
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The eligibility criteria for treatment between 3 and 4.5 hours are similar to those employed for treatment prior to 3 hours, as established in the AHA/ASA's 2007 guidelines, [36] but with the exclusion criteria expanded to include any of the following patient characteristics:

  • Age greater than 80 years

  • Use of oral anticoagulants

  • Baseline National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale score >25

  • A history of both stroke and diabetes


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