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Dual SAVE technique for mechanical thrombectomy rescue on MCA bifurcation clots
  1. M Moreu1,
  2. C Pérez-García1,
  3. C Gómez-Escalonilla2,
  4. S Rosati1
  1. 1 Neurointerventional Unit, Radiology Department, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, Spain
  2. 2 Department of Neurology, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr M Moreu, Neurointerventional Unit, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Madrid 28040, Spain; manumoreu{at}


The Stent retriever Assisted Vacuum-locked Extraction (SAVE) technique in mechanical thrombectomy consists of the simultaneous use of a stent retriever and a distal aspiration catheter, with the removal of both as a unit when performing the thrombectomy pass. This is a safe procedure that provides a high rate of first-pass reperfusion.1 In the distal M1 segment of the middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusions, with the distal portion of the clot extending to the upper and lower MCA branches, mechanical thrombectomy can be challenging since the thrombus is not fully trapped, with risk of distal clot migration to the branch in which the retriever is not placed. In these cases the double stent-retriever technique has been described as a rescue strategy.2–4 We describe a case of the combined use of SAVE and double stent-retriever techniques as a rescue strategy in a patient with tandem occlusion of the proximal internal carotid artery and distal MCA—the D-SAVE technique. (video 1)

  • stroke
  • thrombectomy
  • catheter
  • device
  • technique

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  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The acknowledgements section was added.

  • Contributors Project development: MM,CP-G. Interventional procedure performance: MM,CP-G, SR. Data collection and management: MM, CG-E. Video writing/editing: MM. Drawings: CP-G. Revising the work critically for important intellectual content: MM,CP-G, SR, CG-E. Video final approval: MM,CP-G, SR, CG-E. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work: MM, CP-G, SR, CG-E.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.