We assessed initial clinical experience with IV tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) treatment of acute ischemic stroke in a standardized retrospective survey of hospitals with experienced acute stroke treatment systems. The incidence of symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) was 6% (11 of 189 patients; 95% CI 3 to 11%), similar to that in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) t-PA Stroke Study. Deviations from the NINDS protocol guidelines were identified in 30% of patients (56 of 189). The incidence of symptomatic ICH was 11% among patients with protocol deviations as compared with 4% in patients who were treated according to the NINDS protocol guidelines, suggesting that strict adherence to protocol guidelines is prudent.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - Jul 22 1999|
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