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Can treatment with thrombolytic drugs during the first three hours after a cva help prevent brain damage?

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Dr. Michael Korona answered

Specializes in Radiology - Interventional

YES!: See stroke association.Org and look at stroke treatments. Intravenous tpa (alteplase) good 3-4.5 hours. Intra arterial tpa (alteplase) good up to 6 hours in front of brain and 24 hours in posterior brain. Can use mechanical devices to remove clot up to 8 hrs in front and 24 hours in posterior brain.

Answered 1/23/2014

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Yes: There are strict inclusion criteria used to identify the safest use of these drugs.

Answered 10/4/2016

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