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Impact of intracranial self-expanding stents in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke: efficacy and limitations
  1. Saeed Ansari1,
  2. Douglas J McConnell1,
  3. Hassan Azari1,
  4. Elad I Levy2,
  5. Brian L Hoh1,
  6. Michael F Waters3,
  7. J Mocco1
  1. 1Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  2. 2Department of Neurosurgery, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
  3. 3Department of Neurology, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr J Mocco, Department of Neurosurgery, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32610, USA; jmocco{at}


In recent years, endovascular self-expanding stents have become a viable option for neurointerventionalists treating acute ischemic stroke. Timely intervention for stroke could mean the difference between complete recovery and significant morbidity or death. Since 2006, a handful of clinical trials have demonstrated the potential of self-expanding stents in dependably achieving quick revascularization. These devices are expanding in utilization as new designs offer greater procedural flexibility and better clinical results. We discuss these clinical investigations, focusing on the procedural capabilities and limitations of each self-expanding stent design.

  • Brain
  • endovascular
  • ischemia
  • revascularization
  • self-expanding stent
  • stent
  • stroke

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