The presence of cerebral microbleeds prior to endovascular thrombectomy was not associated with intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) or worsened functional/clinical outcomes in people with acute ischemic stroke. Patients with cerebral microbleeds should not be restricted from reperfusion therapies.
Why this matters ?
Cerebral microbleeds can be detected on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and indicate the presence of hemorrhage-prone small vessel disease. However, the potential influence of these microbleeds on risk of ICH following endovascular thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke is unknown.