Last updated on November 2019

DIRECT-SAFE: A Randomized Controlled Trial of DIRECT Endovascular Clot Retrieval Versus Standard Bridging Thrombolysis With Endovascular Clot Retrieval


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Ischemic Stroke
  • Age: Between 18 - 100 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients presenting with acute ischemic stroke eligible using standard criteria to receive IV thrombolysis within 4.5 hours of stroke onset
  2. Patient's age is 18 years
  3. Intra-arterial clot retrieval treatment can commence (groin puncture) within 6 hours of stroke onset.
  4. Arterial occlusion on CTA or MRA of the ICA, M1, M2 or basilar artery

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) identified by CT or MRI
  2. Rapidly improving symptoms at the discretion of the investigator
  3. Pre-stroke mRS score of 4 (indicating previous disability)
  4. Hypodensity in >1/3 MCA territory on non-contrast CT
  5. Contra indication to imaging with contrast agents
  6. Any terminal illness such that patient would not be expected to survive more than 1 year
  7. Any condition that, in the judgment of the investigator could impose hazards to the patient if study therapy is initiated or affect the participation of the patient in the study.
  8. Pregnant women

Recruitment Status: Open


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