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Intraventricular tissue plasminogen activator for the prevention of vasospasm and hydrocephalus after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage.
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PMID:  20559098     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: The sequelae of aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) include vasospasm and hydrocephalus.
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether intraventricular tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) results in less vasospasm, fewer angioplasties, or fewer cerebrospinal fluid shunting procedures.
METHODS: 41 patients (tPA group, Hunt and Hess 3, 4, 5) from 2007 to 2008 received intraventricular tPA and lumbar drainage for a minimum of 5 days (range 5-7 days) and were compared to a matched group of 35 patients from 2006 to 2007 (Control, HH 3, 4, 5). Statistical comparison was done by t test analysis or Fisher exact tests and data are expressed as average+/-standard error of the mean.
RESULTS: There were no significant differences in demographic data, although the tPA group had a trend toward more surgical patients. The tPA group of patients had a significantly higher modified Fisher grade than controls (P<.001) and had a significantly better Hunt and Hess grade than controls (P<.03). The angioplasty rate was significantly lower among the tPA patients (15.0%+/-5.6) than controls (40.0%+/-8.5, P=.019). The number of days spent in severe vasospasm normalized over the 14-day monitoring period by transcranial Doppler was significantly lower in the tPA group (0.09+/-0.02) than controls (0.17+/-0.03). The shunt rate was significantly lower among tPA patients (17.5%+/-6.0) than controls (42.8%+/-8.6). There were 2 clinically silent tract hemorrhages in the tPA group (4.8%).
CONCLUSION: Intraventricular tPA is a safe and effective treatment for reducing both angioplasty and shunting rates in patients with SAH H&H Grades 3 to 5. A randomized trial is indicated.
Rohan Ramakrishna; Laligam N Sekhar; Dinesh Ramanathan; Nancy Temkin; Danial Hallam; Basavaraj V Ghodke; Louis J Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  67     ISSN:  1524-4040     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  110-7; discussion 117     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurological Surgery, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington 98104, USA.
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Neurosurgery. 2011 Jan;68(1):E288-9; author reply E289   [PMID:  21150745 ]

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