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Endovascular therapy might be a treatment option for mild stroke due to proximal occlusions but not M2 occlusions
  1. Chun-Hsien Lin1,
  2. Jeffrey L Saver2,3,
  3. Meng Lee1
  1. 1 Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Chiayi Branch, Puzi, Taiwan
  2. 2 Neurology, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. 3 Comprehensive Stroke Center and Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Meng Lee, Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi Branch 6 West Section, Chiapu Road, Puzi 613, Taiwan; menglee5126{at}

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We appreciate the letter from Zheng et al 1 suggesting that the random effects model, not the fixed effects model, should be used to pool the results for our meta-analysis.2 In a sensitivity test, pooled results from the random effects model did not significantly show that endovascular therapy (EVT) compared with best medical management was associated with a higher rate of being disability free for patients with acute ischemic stroke (AIS) with National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) scores of ≤5 due to proximal internal carotid artery (ICA) or …

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  • Contributors All authors contributed equally.

  • 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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