Perfusion imaging in the 3-hour time window predicts a tPA-associated hemorrhage in acute ischemic stroke.
Perfusion imaging is being evaluated in acute ischemic stroke patients to identify those who may benefit from reperfusion therapies beyond the standard thrombolytic time window but limited data are available on its utility in patients presenting within the standard thrombolytic time window. We report a case of a patient presenting within the 3-hour time window where computerized tomographic perfusion imaging before intravenous thrombolysis identified a large volume of severely ischemic tissue and where intravenous tissue plasminogen activator administration subsequently resulted in a fatal intracerebral hemorrhage. Whether perfusion imaging can predict an increased risk of tissue plasminogen activator-associated symptomatic hemorrhage in patients presenting within the standard thrombolytic time window requires further study.
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Rangaraju, S., Edwards, A., Dehkharghani, S., & Nahab, F. (2015). Perfusion imaging in the 3-hour time window predicts a tPA-associated hemorrhage in acute ischemic stroke. The neurologist, 19(3), 68–69. https://doi.org/10.1097/NRL.0000000000000011
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine