Background We hypothesized that the relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) ratio on perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI) using MRI might serve as a predictor of early recanalization (ER) after intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV t-PA) administration for acute ischemic stroke.
Methods Patients with acute middle cerebral artery (MCA) ischemic stroke (IS) were enrolled in the study. They were evaluated by MRI, including PWI and diffusion-weighted imaging, before administration of IV t-PA and underwent digital subtraction angiography (DSA) of the brain within 2 h after t-PA administration. We compared the rCBV ratio on PWI between patients with and without ER on DSA and investigated the proportion of patients with an excellent outcome at 90 days after t-PA administration (modified Rankin Scale score 0–1) among those with and without ER.
Results 85 patients with acute MCA IS were included; 16 patients (18.8%) experienced ER on DSA after IV t-PA administration. Patients with ER more frequently had an excellent outcome at 90 days than those without ER. The rCBV ratio on PWI was higher in the ER group (1.01±0.21, p<0.01) than in the non-ER group (0.82±0.18). After adjusting for the presence of atrial fibrillation and the serum glucose level, the rCBV ratio on PWI (OR 1.07; 95% CI 1.02 to 1.12; p<0.01) was a significant independent indicator of ER.
Conclusions The results of this study suggest that the rCBV ratio on PWI might serve as a useful indicator of ER after IV t-PA administration.
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