Mechanical clot retrieval for treating acute ischaemic stroke

NICE interventional procedure guidance [IPG458] Published date:

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued full guidance to the NHS in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Mechanical clot retrieval for the treatment of acute ischaemic stroke.

  • Description

    A stroke occurs when the normal blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. This starves the cells of oxygen in the area affected, causing them to become damaged or die. An ischaemic stroke is a stroke that can be caused by a blood clot blocking an artery supplying the brain. Symptoms may include problems with speech and balance, and weakness on one side of the body. Mechanical clot retrieval aims to restore normal blood flow by using a special device such as a stent retriever, which traps clots for removal from the artery.

  • OPCS4.6 Code(s)

    L71.2   Percutaneous transluminal embolectomy of artery

                Includes: Percutaneous transluminal thrombectomy of artery

    Y53.- Approach to organ under image control

    Z35.-  Cerebral artery or O28.- Other cerebral artery

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