Victims of cerebral venal thrombosis, or cerebral stroke, require the fastest intervention they can get in order to increase their chances of recovery. Thrombectomy, the surgical removal of a thrombus* from a blood vessel, is the normal procedure that a patient has to undergo within six hours after s/he had a stroke.
However, two new studies published in The New England Journal of Medicine (links to both articles below) have indicated that patients and doctors might actually have more time. Thrombectomy plus standard care may still be applied to patients who were last known to be well between 16 and 24 since the stroke.
* blood clot formed in situ within the vascular system of the body and impeding blood flow.
- Raul G. Nogueira et al (2018) Thrombectomy 6 to 24 Hours after Stroke with a Mismatch between Deficit and Infarct.
- Gregory W. Albers et al. (2018) Thrombectomy for Stroke at 6 to 16 Hours with Selection by Perfusion Imaging