Aspiration Therapy Offers Alternative To Stent Retrievers For Large Vessel Stroke Interview with:

Dr. J. Mocco, MD Professor Neurosurgery Mount Sinai Beth Israel  Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai West The Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Mocco

Dr. J. Mocco, MD
Professor Neurosurgery
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai West
The Mount Sinai Hospital What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Numerous trials have demonstrated that Endovascular therapy is strongly beneficial for emergent large vessel stroke patients.

The majority of patients in those trials were treated with Stent retrievers.  COMPASS was designed to evaluate a different type of Endovascular therapy called aspiration Thrombectomy. What should readers take away from your report?

Response: There is now an alternative method to treating emergent large vessel stroke, with robust clinical outcomes and promising time and quality metrics. What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this work?

Response: This study should empower physicians by giving them important alternative options and help us move beyond a conversation of one device versus another and instead let us focus on more import questions, like how we can improve patients’ access to these life saving therapies. Is there anything else you would like to add? 

Response: The study was funded by Penumbra, however they played no role in the management, data collection, analysis, interpretation, or presentation of the trial.

Citations: International Stroke Conference January 2018

O-023 A comparison of direct aspiration versus stent retriever as a first approach (compass): initial angiographic experience

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Last Updated on January 26, 2018 by Marie Benz MD FAAD