by Lake, Smit & Partners Interventional Radiology Team
A 37-year-old female with known cardiac disease and arrythmia presented with a sudden onset of weakness of the left side of the body – a typical sign of an acute stroke occurring on the right side of the brain.
En route to the hospital, the ‘Code Red’ protocol was activated. This life-saving protocol ensures that those involved in diagnosing and treating stroke patients are swiftly available and organise themselves efficiently to work together. On arrival, A CT Brain with angiogram was performed, confirming the cause of stroke and it’s location within the brain: a clot blocking off her right distal internal carotid artery with features of a large evolving right hemispheric stroke. Our Interventional Radiology team at Lake, Smit and Partners was mobilised to perform an arteriogram and thrombectomy.
The clot was removed by performing a thrombectomy whereby a small catheter was thread through an artery in her groin up to her brain to where the clot is located to remove it. This delicate procedure was achieved using a combination of catheters, guidewires, stents and suction.
Another arteriogram confirmed restored blood flow to the previously restricted area.
A mere 6 days later, this young patient showed a remarkable recovery. The short clip below demonstrates her ability to move and control her left side after such a successful Interventional Thrombectomy.
Without our Interventional Radiology team here at Lake, Smit and Partners, this patient would have suffered life-long disabilities - so severe that it would have affected her quality of life and independence.