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We thank the authors1 for their interest in our article2 regarding anesthetic management during mechanical thrombectomy (MT). They make valid points regarding patient age, conversion rates to general anesthesia (GA) and periprocedural blood pressure.
We consider it appropriate to comment here on their final statement regarding the level of evidence for local anesthesia (LA), namely “previous studies with much larger sample sizes have provided class III evidence that for patients undergoing MT for acute ischemic stroke LA improves functional outcome compared with GA”. To date, very few studies have assessed …
Contributors RP, SC: drafted the manuscript. RB, BG: critically reviewed the manuscript.
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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