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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. 1Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Chiayi Branch, Puzi, Taiwan
  2. 2Neurology, UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA
  3. 3Comprehensive 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}gmail.com

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We appreciate the letter from Zheng et al1 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.

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