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In patients with acute ischaemic stroke (AIS) intravenous thrombolysis with alteplase (t-PA) is the only effective treatment and it is approved within three or four and a half hours of symptom onset based on regulatory area. This study looked at how treatment delay, patient age and stroke severity influence the effect of t-PA in AIS in terms of functional outcome, mortality and intracranial haemorrhage (ICH).
This was a preplanned meta-analysis of individual patient data from nine randomised clinical trials of intravenous alteplase for AIS. The primary efficacy measure was the proportion of patients who achieved a 3–6 month good outcome per modified Rankin Scale score 0–1. Secondary outcomes …
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