MRS SOFIA: a multicenter retrospective study for use of Sofia for revascularization of acute ischemic stroke

Waleed Brinjikji, Eytan Raz, Reade De Leacy, Dan Meila, Maxim Mokin, Edgar A. Samaniego, Maksim Shapiro, Devin Bageac, Alberto Varon, Zeguang Ren, Lorenzo Rinaldo, Harry J. Cloft

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Background: Over the past several years there has been increased interest in the use of the Sofia aspiration system (MicroVention, Tustin, California) as a primary aspiration catheter. Objective: To perform a multicenter retrospective study examining the efficacy of the Sofia aspiration catheter as a standalone aspiration treatment for large vessel occlusion. Methods: Consecutive cases in which the Sofia catheter was used for aspiration thrombectomy for large vessel occlusion were included. Exclusion criteria were the following: (1) Sofia not used for first pass, and (2) a stent retriever used as an adjunct on the first pass. The primary outcome of the study was first pass recanalization (Thrombolysis in Cerebral Infarction (TICI) 2c/3). Secondary outcomes included first pass TICI 2b/3, crossover to other thrombectomy devices, number of passes, time from puncture to recanalization, and complications. Results: 323 patients were included. First pass TICI 2c/3 was achieved in 49.8% of cases (161/323). First pass TICI 2b/3 was achieved in 69.7% (225/323) of cases. 74.8% had TICI 2b/3 with the Sofia alone. Crossover to other thrombectomy devices occurred in 29.1% of cases (94/323). The median number of passes was 1 (IQR=1-3). Median time from puncture to recanalization was 26 min (IQR=17-45). Procedure related complications occurred in 3.1% (10/323) of cases. Conclusion: Our study highlights the potential advantage of the Sofia aspiration catheter for primary aspiration thrombectomy in acute ischemic stroke. High rates of first pass recanalization with low crossover rates to other thrombectomy devices were achieved. Median procedure time was low, as were procedural complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number017042
JournalJournal of neurointerventional surgery
StateAccepted/In press - 2021


  • stroke
  • thrombectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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