THERAPY: Aspiration Thrombectomy Looks Good in Stroke

 – April 20, 2015  –– 

Patients with acute ischemic stroke receiving thrombectomy using the Penumbra aspiration system showed a strong trend toward better outcomes than those receiving thrombolysis alone in the THERAPY trial. The trial was stopped early after only 108 of the planned 692 patients had been enrolled because of favorable data on endovascular treatment from other recently reported trials, so the results were not statistically significant. "Because we had to stop early the trial is very underpowered to show significance but we saw an overwhelming positive direction of outcome," said J Mocco, MD, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York. "All the outcome measures showed a strong trend towards benefit with the Penumbra system, and the effect size is comparable to the other endovascular trials recently reported."

- Dr. J Mocco, Director, Cerebrovascular Surgery, Department of Neurological Surgery, Mount Sinai Health System

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