BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The susceptibility vessel sign on MR imaging has been reported to indicate acute occlusion from erythrocyte-rich thrombus. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of the susceptibility vessel sign seen on MR imaging before treatment on the clinical outcome after mechanical thrombectomy for anterior circulation acute stroke. MATERIALSANDMETHODS: Weretrospectively included 73 consecutive patients who were treated for anterior circulation acute stroke by mechanical thrombectomy from December 2009 to September 2013. Each patient underwent MR imaging before mechanical thrombectomy. The presence (susceptibility vessel sign .004). On multivariate analysis, the susceptibility vessel sign was the only parameter before treatment that could predict mRS .04). CONCLUSIONS: Our study strongly suggests that the susceptibility vessel sign on MR imaging before treatment is predictive of favorable clinical outcome for patients presenting with anterior circulation acute stroke and treated with mechanical thrombectomy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging