Groundbreaking Stroke Treatment at UPMC
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Mechanical thrombectomy is an endovascular treatment that may be offered as part of acute stroke treatment. By inserting a catheter into the groin and threading it through an artery up to a patient’s head and neck, stroke neurologists and neurosurgeons can manually remove a clot that is blocking blood flow to the brain.
In this illustration, a stent on the end of the catheter retrieves the clot and blood flow is restored to the brain. This procedure may be done in conjunction with other therapies such as IV TPA medication.