Utility of perfusion-weighted CT imaging in acute middle cerebral artery stroke treated with intra-arterial thrombolysis: Prediction of final infarct volume and clinical outcome
Infarction, Middle Cerebral Artery
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Lesion volumes on admission PWCT images approximate final infarct volume for patients with early complete recanalization of MCA stem occlusion. For those without complete recanalization, there is subsequent enlargement of lesion volume on follow-up. Initial PWCT lesion volumes also have predictive value; volumes >100 mL are associated with a poor clinical outcome. In these highly selected patients, initial PWCT lesion volume was a stronger predictor of clinical outcome than was initial NIH Stroke Scale score.