Early thrombectomy of a proximal middle cerebral artery occlusion leading to complete recovery with no infarct
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Original versionCase Reports in Neurology. 2017, 9 (1), 76-80. 10.1159/000468922
Many recent trials show the benefit of mechanical thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke caused by thrombi lodged in large arteries. We report the case of a 55-year-old patient who developed sudden-onset right-sided hemiplegia and aphasia. Computed tomography angiography showed a thrombus in the M1 segment of the left middle cerebral artery. The thrombus was removed by mechanical thrombectomy 85 min after the onset of symptoms. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan showed no infarct, and the patient was discharged symptom free. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of thrombectomy of a symptomatic proximal middle cerebral artery occlusion leading to complete rescue, both clinically and radiologically assessed by MRI. Our case report shows that an early thrombectomy can provide an excellent outcome.