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Neurol India. 2019 Sep-Oct;67(5):1286-1289. doi: 10.4103/0028-3886.271236.

Ozagrel for Postoperative Management of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhages.

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Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.



A number of pharmacological agents have been tried to circumvent the problem of delayed cerebral ischemia (DCI) with ozagrel sodium being one such agent aimed at the prevention of DCI. Ozagrel is an inhibitor of thromboxane synthetase. It has anti-platelet aggregation action and it dilates vessels. Ozagrel was not available outside Japan till recently. It is available now in India and we had the opportunity to use it among patients with aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH).


To analyse the results of ozagrel administration for patients with aneurysmal SAH.

Settings and Design:

Tertiary care neurosurgical center.

Materials and Methods:

Retrospective analysis of the outcomes of patients who received ozagrel after microsurgical cllipping of aneurysm and comparison with a control grpup who received treatment as usual.

Statistical Analysis:

The t-test (two-tailed), Chi-square test, and Mann-Whitney U-test asymptomatic significance (two-tailed), were used respectively for continuous, categorical, and ordinal variables. The significance was determined at P = 0.05 level.


A total of 106 patients underwent surgical clipping of their ruptured intracranial aneurysms over a period of 22 months. Forty two (39.6%) patients received ozagrel, and 62 (60.4%) received the standard treatment. Ozagrel was started at a median of one [interquartile range (IQR) 0.75] day after the surgery, and was given for a median of five (IQR 5) days after the surgery. There was no difference in age, postictal days, World Federation Neurosurgical Society grade, Fisher grade, and the size of ruptured aneurysm in patients who received ozagrel compared to the patients who did not receive ozagrel. Of the 42 patients who received ozagrel, 30 patients (71.4%) had preoperative angiographic vasospasm which improved after the administration of ozagrel. Fifteen (35.5%) patients who received ozagrel developed delayed cerebral ischemia compared to only 11 (17.2%) patients who did not receive ozagrel. Thirty-six (85.7%) patients who received ozagrel had favorable outcome at discharge compared to 52 (81.3%) patients who did not receive ozagrel. No adverse event was observed with ozagrel therapy. At 3-month follow-up, 37 patients (88.1%) who received ozagrel had favorable outcomes against 53 patients (82.8%) who did not receive ozagrel.


Ozagrel may be a useful drug in the armamentarium to treat vasospasm after aneurysmal SAH. A future multicenter large cohort study may validate the findings of our study.


Cerebral aneurysm; ozagrel; subarachnoid hemorrhage; thromboxane A2; vasospasm

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