IMS III: Interventional Management of Stroke Trial.

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Phase III Clinical Trial Examining Whether a Combined Intravenous (IV) and Intra-Arterial (IA) Approach to Recanalization is Superior to Standard IV Rt-PA (Activase®) Alone When Initiated Within Three Hours of Acute Ischemic Stroke Onset. IV rt-PA is an effective therapy for acute ischemic stroke but has substantial limitations when used alone to open blocked arteries The Interventional Management of Stroke (IMS III) Trial is a multi-center study that will compare two different treatment approaches for restoring blood flow to the brain. One approach, giving the clot-dissolving drug rt-PA, is already FDA-approved when given through a vein (IV). This treatment will be compared to a new approach, giving rt-PA at a lower dose first through IV in the arm and then, if a blood clot in the brain artery is found, through a small tube or catheter at the site of the blood clot (intra-arterial or IA) to see which is better. Both approaches must be initiated within three hours of stroke onset.

A total of 900 participants shall be recruited

 

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