Relationship between white matter lesions and functional outcome following endovascular therapy

Takeaway

  • White matter lesion (WML) severity is a predictor of poor functional outcome but has no effect on endovascular therapy (EVT) outcomes, thus may be useful for evaluating acute ischemic stroke (AIS) prognosis but not in determining EVT eligibility.

Why this matters

    EVT is a proven treatment for AIS due to large vessel occlusion (LVO), but additional knowledge is needed concerning patient characteristics influencing functional outcome to improve decision-making regarding EVT eligibility.