Comparison of histological features of thrombi from patients with active, inactive, or no cancer


  • Histological features of stroke patients with active cancer differ from those of stroke patients with inactive cancer and controls, depending on the stroke etiology. Specifically, in those with active cancer the thrombi retrieved had high platelet and low erythrocyte fractions.

Why this matters

  • It is not clear whether mechanisms contributing to stroke are the same in patients with and without cancer, these findings suggest that antiplatelets might be an option in a specific group of cancer patients for preventing stroke recurrence.