Evidence-based recommendations on mechanical clot retrieval for treating acute ischaemic stroke in adults. This involves using a device to remove the blood clot from the brain to restore normal blood flow.

This guidance replaces NICE interventional procedures guidance on mechanical clot retrieval for treating acute ischaemic stroke (IPG 458).

Review: this guidance will be reviewed if there is new evidence or safety concerns.

Coding and clinical classification codes for this guidance

Guidance development process

How we develop NICE interventional procedures guidance

Your responsibility

This guidance represents the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, healthcare professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account. However, the guidance does not override the individual responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or guardian or carer.

Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to implement the guidance, in their local context, in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. Nothing in this guidance should be interpreted in a way that would be inconsistent with compliance with those duties.

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