Cerebral reperfusion and arterial recanalization are radiological features of the effectiveness of thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients. Here, an investigation of the prognostic role of early recanalization/reperfusion on clinical outcome was performed. In AIS patients (n = 55), baseline computerized tomography (CT) was performed ≤ 8 h from symptom onset, whereas CT determination of reperfusion/recanalization was assessed at 24 h. Multiple linear and logistic regression models were used to correlate reperfusion/recanalization with radiological (i.e., hemorrhagic transformation, ischemic core, and penumbra volumes) and clinical outcomes (assessed as National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale [NIHSS] reduction ≥ 8 points or a NIHSS ≤ 1 at 24 h and as modified Rankin Scale [mRS] < 2 at 90 days). At 24 h, patients achieving radiological reperfusion were n = 24, while the non-reperfused were n = 31. Among non-reperfused, n = 15 patients were recanalized. Radiological reperfusion vs. recanalization was also confirmed by early increased levels of circulating inflammatory biomarkers (i.e., serum osteopontin). In multivariate analysis, ischemic lesion volume reduction was associated with both recanalization (β = 0.265; p = 0.014) and reperfusion (β = 0.461; p < 0.001), but only reperfusion was independently associated with final infarct volume (β = − 0.333; p = 0.007). Only radiological reperfusion at 24 h predicted good clinical response at day 1 (adjusted OR 16.054 [1.423–181.158]; p = 0.025) and 90-day good functional outcome (adjusted OR 25.801 [1.483–448.840]; p = 0.026). At ROC curve analysis the AUC of reperfusion was 0.777 (p < 0.001) for the good clinical response at 24 h and 0.792 (p < 0.001) for 90-day clinical outcome. Twenty-four-hour radiological reperfusion assessed by CT is associated with good clinical response on day 1 and good functional outcome on day 90 in patients with ischemic stroke.
- Ischemic core
- Ischemic stroke
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine