Outcomes of wake-up stroke undergoing mechanical thrombectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Michael Liu, Hassan Kobeissi, Sherief Ghozy, David F. Kallmes

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Background: Wake-up stroke represents a significant challenge in acute treatment and care. Thrombolysis has been extensively studied in the wake-up stroke population. However, mechanical thrombectomy in wake-up stroke exclusively has not been well studied. We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess the clinical and functional outcomes of patients undergoing mechanical thrombectomy for wake-up stroke. Methods: We performed a systematic review of the literature using publically accessible databases. Data extraction was completed using Nested Knowledge AutoLit software. Outcomes of interest included modified Rankin Scale (mRS) 0–2, mortality, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH), and thrombolysis in cerebral infarction (TICI) score 2b/3. Statistical analysis was performed using R software version 4.1.2. Results: A total of 12 studies were included in our study with a total of 510 patients included. Patients with wake-up stroke were found to have good functional outcome (mRS 0–2) in 46.2% of patients and successful reperfusion (TICI 2b/3) was seen in 83.5% of patients. Mortality was observed in 20.4% of patients with sICH seen in 8.3%. Conclusion: Mechanical thrombectomy for patients with wake-up stroke was found to have favorable rates of good functional outcomes and relatively low rates of adverse events.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInterventional Neuroradiology
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Stroke
  • thrombectomy
  • wake-up

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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