Stroke Treatment

Stroke Treatment

Radiological assistance in the treatment of acute stroke, includes thrombolysis, carotid artery stenting and intracranial stenting.   Early intervention by specialised radiologists aims to minimise the long term morbidity and mortality associated with this crippling disease.


Thrombolytic therapy:
Thrombolysis aims to dissolve abnormal blood clots that obliterate blood flow using various agents administered directly into the clot through a catheter. This can greatly improve blood flow and enhance the long term outcome without the need for more invasive surgery.

The procedure is performed under light sedation or general anaesthesia. After the access site is numbed with local anaesthetic, a thin catheter is passed through a very small incision into the artery and, guided by x-rays, is maneuvered to the area of impaired circulation. Contrast material is injected to pinpoint the location and to determine whether the clot would be best treated by a clot-dissolving medication, by breaking it up with a mechanical device or both.

Many patients experience some side effects after thrombolysis. Pain is the most common and can readily be controlled by oral or intravenous medication. Most patients can resume their normal activities within a week or two.

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