DWI Lesion Patterns Predict Outcome in Stroke Patients with Thrombolysis

Dezhi Liu, Fabien Scalzo, Sidney Starkman, Neal M. Rao, Jason D. Hinman, Doojin Kim, Latisha K. Ali, Jeffrey L. Saver, Ali Reza Noorian, Kwan Ng, Conrad Liang, Sunil A. Sheth, Bryan Yoo, Xinfeng Liu, David S. Liebeskind

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Background: Lesion patterns may predict prognosis after acute ischemic stroke within the middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory; yet it remains unclear whether such imaging prognostic factors are related to patient outcome after intravenous thrombolysis. Aims: The aim of this study is to investigate the clinical outcome after intravenous thrombolysis in acute MCA ischemic strokes with respect to diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) lesion patterns. Methods: Consecutive acute ischemic stroke cases of the MCA territory treated over a 7-year period were retrospectively analyzed. All acute MCA stroke patients underwent a MRI scan before intravenous thrombolytic therapy was included. DWI lesions were divided into 6 patterns (territorial, other cortical, small superficial, internal border zone, small deep, and other deep infarcts). Lesion volumes were measured by dedicated imaging processing software. Favorable outcome was defined as modified Rankin scale (mRS) of 0-2 at 90 days. Results: Among the 172 patients included in our study, 75 (43.6%) were observed to have territorial infarct patterns or other deep infarct patterns. These patients also had higher baseline NIHSS score (p < 0.001), a higher proportion of large cerebral artery occlusions (p < 0.001) and larger infarct volume (p < 0.001). Favorable outcome (mRS 0-2) was achieved in 89 patients (51.7%). After multivariable analysis, groups with specific lesion patterns, including territorial infarct and other deep infarct pattern, were independently associated with favorable outcome (OR 0.40; 95% CI 0.16-0.99; p = 0.047). Conclusions: Specific lesion patterns predict differential outcome after intravenous thrombolysis therapy in acute MCA stroke patients. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher or, in the case of photocopying, direct payment of a specified fee to the Copyright Clearance Center. Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug. Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalCerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute ischemic stroke
  • Clinical outcome
  • MRI
  • Thrombolysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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