Impact of the pandemic and concomitant COVID-19 on the management and outcomes of middle cerebral artery strokes: a nationwide registry-based study.

Publication date: Feb 27, 2024

To investigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as concomitant COVID-19 itself on stroke care, focusing on middle cerebral artery (MCA) territory infarctions. Registry-based study. We used the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database, which covers a wide range of hospitals within the USA. The NIS was queried for patients with MCA strokes between 2016 and 2020. In total, 35 231 patients were included. Outcome measures were postprocedural complications, length of stays (LOSs), in-hospital mortality and non-routine discharge. Propensity score matching using all available baseline variables was performed to reduce confounders when comparing patients with and without concomitant COVID-19. Mechanical thrombectomy (MT) was performed in 48. 4%, intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) in 38. 2%, and both MT and IVT (MT+IVT) in 13. 4% of patients. A gradual increase in the use of MT and an opposite decrease in the use of IVT (p

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Concepts Keywords
Covid COVID-19
Hospitals neurology
Thrombectomy stroke


Type Source Name
disease MESH COVID-19
disease MESH strokes
disease MESH infarctions
disease VO USA
disease MESH complications

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