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Mechanical thrombectomy for the treatment of emergent large vessel occlusion has entirely transformed neuroendovascular surgery and acute stroke care delivery over the past 10 years. The procedure has led to an unparalleled fundamental change in stroke management and treatment. From the controversial acute endovascular stroke trials of 20131–3 to the overwhelmingly positive 2015 trials,4–8 the topic has dominated international scientific conferences, the pages of our most prestigious journals, and everyday conversations among practitioners across a wide variety of specialties. As mechanical thrombectomy is now widely accepted as the standard of care …
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