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Systemic thrombolysis with rt-PA in patients under 40 years of age: a subgroup analysis of the Cologne Stroke Experience.
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PMID:  20861623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: While the application of intravenous systemic thrombolysis (IVT) with rt-PA (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator) in older patients is currently moving into the focus of epidemiological studies, only few data are available regarding the application in young patients ≤40 years. Single-center data of a thrombolysis register were analyzed with respect to safety and efficacy of the treatment of young patients.
METHODS: In a retrospective subgroup analysis of 450 patients treated by IVT within a 3-hour time window, patients ≤40 years were identified (n = 20). Clinical data [age, pretherapeutic stroke severity (National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, NIHSS), OTT (onset to-treatment time), rt-PA-dose, DNT (door[-]to[-]needle time), rate of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhages] and medical history were determined. The clinical outcome was assessed by the mRS (modified Rankin Scale). The results were compared to those of patients >40 years (n = 430).
RESULTS: Twenty patients ≤40 years (mean age 32 years) out of 450 patients (4%) were treated by IVT. The percentage of predisposing diseases and vascular risk factors was significantly lower when compared to patients >40 years (p < 0.05). In contrast, the percentage of smokers was significantly higher (55 vs. 24%; p < 0.05). In comparison to patients >40 years, OTT, DNT and NIHSS at admission were not significantly different. After 3 months, 11 of 20 young patients (55%) showed a favorable outcome (mRS 0-1) and 80% were functionally independent (mRS 0-2). In the group of patients >40 years (n = 430), the respective percentages were significantly lower [p < 0.05; 34% (mRS 0-1) and 52% (mRS 0-2), respectively]. Symptomatic intracranial hemorrhages were not observed (in patients >40 years: 4%, p < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: In comparison to the cohort of patients >40 years, IVT in young patients is safe and leads to a significantly better outcome after 3 months. Our data therefore encourage the use of IVT in young patients.
N Galldiks; O Zaro-Weber; C Dohmen; M Neveling; W F Haupt; G R Fink; J Sobesky
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cerebrovascular diseases (Basel, Switzerland)     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1421-9786     ISO Abbreviation:  Cerebrovasc. Dis.     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100851     Medline TA:  Cerebrovasc Dis     Country:  Switzerland    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  514-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Department of Neurology, University of Cologne, Kerpener Strasse 62, Cologne, Germany.
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