Management of acute ischemic stroke.

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Management of acute ischemic stroke.

Hosp Pract (1995). 2013 Apr;41(2):108-22

Authors: Vidal SM, Chaudhry FS, Schneck M

Stroke is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients in the United States. A proper understanding of stroke mechanisms helps to guide specific case management. The only therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the management of acute ischemic stroke is initiation of intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator within 3 hours of symptom onset. Other treatment options include intra-arterial recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, mechanical thrombectomy, clot retrieval, or a combination of these approaches. In this article, we provide an evidence-based review of the diagnostic approach for acute ischemic stroke, including recognizing common stroke mimics. We detail the initial medical management of acute stroke and the medical and surgical therapeutic interventions for patients who have sustained acute ischemic stroke.

PMID: 23680742 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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