Preserved Corticospinal Tract Revealed by Acute Perfusion Imaging Relates to Better Outcome After Thrombectomy in Stroke

  • Philipp J Koch
  • Linda F Rudolf
  • Peter Schramm
  • Lukas Frontzkowski
  • Maria Marburg
  • Christine Matthis
  • Hannes Schacht
  • Jens Fiehler
  • Götz Thomalla
  • Friedhelm C Hummel
  • Alexander Neumann
  • Thomas F Münte
  • Georg Royl
  • Björn Machner (Geteilte/r Letztautor/in)
  • Robert Schulz (Geteilte/r Letztautor/in)


BACKGROUND: The indication for mechanical thrombectomy (MT) in stroke patients with large vessel occlusion has been constantly expanded over the past years. Despite remarkable treatment effects at the group level in clinical trials, many patients remain severely disabled even after successful recanalization. A better understanding of this outcome variability will help to improve clinical decision-making on MT in the acute stage. Here, we test whether current outcome models can be refined by integrating information on the preservation of the corticospinal tract as a functionally crucial white matter tract derived from acute perfusion imaging.

METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 162 patients with stroke and large vessel occlusion of the anterior circulation who were admitted to the University Medical Center Lübeck between 2014 and 2020 and underwent MT. The ischemic core was defined as fully automatized based on the acute computed tomography perfusion with cerebral blood volume data using outlier detection and clustering algorithms. Normative whole-brain structural connectivity data were used to infer whether the corticospinal tract was affected by the ischemic core or preserved. Ordinal logistic regression models were used to correlate this information with the modified Rankin Scale after 90 days.

RESULTS: The preservation of the corticospinal tract was associated with a reduced risk of a worse functional outcome in large vessel occlusion-stroke patients undergoing MT, with an odds ratio of 0.28 (95% CI, 0.15-0.53). This association was still significant after adjusting for multiple confounding covariables, such as age, lesion load, initial symptom severity, sex, stroke side, and recanalization status.

CONCLUSIONS: A preinterventional computed tomography perfusion-based surrogate of corticospinal tract preservation or disconnectivity is strongly associated with functional outcomes after MT. If validated in independent samples this concept could serve as a novel tool to improve current outcome models to better understand intersubject variability after MT in large vessel occlusion stroke.

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StatusVeröffentlicht - 12.2023
PubMed 38011237