The risks of intracranial haemorrhage (ICH) post intra-arterial therapy (IAT) for stroke are not well understood. We aimed to study the influence of recanalization status post IAT for anterior circulation stroke and posterior circulation stroke on ICH development.
Retrospective analysis of 193 patients in a prospectively collected database of IAT stroke patients was performed. Successful recanalization was defined as a Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction Score of 2b or 3 and symptomatic ICH (SICH) as parenchymal hematoma type 2 (PH2) with neurological deterioration. The association between the recanalization status and ICH/SICH was investigated using logistic regression models adjusted for baseline characteristics selected by univariate analyses.
One hundred and thirty-six patients had successful recanalization post procedure, 41 patients developed ICH and 10 patients SICH. There was a statistically significant baseline imbalance between the groups with and without successful recanalization on gender, baseline National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) score, the use of intravenous tPA and intra-arterial urokinase (p <0.05). Logistic regression analysis adjusted for the above variables and the time to digital subtraction angiography demonstrated a statistically significant association between successful recanalization and ICH (odds ratio 0.42; 95 % CI 0.19, 0.95; p = 0.04).
Successful recanalization post endovascular therapy is statistically significantly and negatively associated with ICH.