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Neurology. 1999 Jul 22;53(2):424-7.

Initial clinical experience with IV tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischemic stroke: a multicenter survey. The t-PA Stroke Survey Group.

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  • 1Henry Ford Hospital and Health Science Center, Detroit, MI, USA.


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.

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