Basilar artery thrombectomy: assessment of outcome and identification of prognostic factors

Anh Tuan Tran, Huu An Nguyen, Dang Luu Vu, Minh Thong Pham, Cuong Tran, Hoang Kien Le, Quang Anh Nguyen, Thu Trang Nguyen, Tat Thien Nguyen, Pau Loke Show, Joanna Czarzasta, Thien Chu-Dinh, Yang Tao, Dinh Toi Chu

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Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) has been demonstrated as an effective treatment for acute ischemic stroke (AIS), thanks to large vessel occlusion (LVO), especially in case of anterior cerebral artery with many randomized clinical trials (RCTs) every year. On the other hand, there is a limited number of basilar artery occlusion (BAO)-related studies which have been conducted. The fact prompts our range of case studies, which furnish BAO understanding with our experience, results and some prognosis factors of MT. This retrospective and single-center study was conducted on 22 patients who were diagnosed with BAO and underwent the treatment of MT from October 2012 to January 2018. Clinical feature such as radiological imaging, procedure complications, and intracranial hemorrhage were all documented and evaluated. All the studies’ results based on performance using modified Rankin scale score (mRS) and mortality at 90 days. The results from these BAO patients study indicated that the posterior circulation Acute Stroke Prognosis Early CT Score (pcASPECTS) recorded before the intervention was 7.7 ± 1.6, while the admission National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) was 17.5 ± 5.4. 15/22 cases achieved successful recanalization (TICI, Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction scale, of 2b–3), accounting for 68.2%. The results highlighted 50% of the favorable outcome (mRS 0–2) occupying 11 out of 22 patients in total and the overall mortality was 36.4%. The intracranial hemorrhagic complication was detected in three cases (13.6%). Placing in juxtaposition the poor-outcome group and the favorable-outcome group, we could witness statistically significant difference (P < 0.05) suggesting both good baseline image (pc-ASPECTS ≥ 7) and recanalization (TICI 2b–3) were two good prognosis factors. Our case series showed that MT would be an effective and feasible treatment for BAO. The pre-procedural pcASPECTS ≥ 7 and post-procedural good recanalization (TICI 2b–3) were two important prognosis factors for predicting good clinical outcome.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalActa Neurologica Belgica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Basilar artery occlusion
  • Mechanical thrombectomy


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