, Volume 60, Issue 10, pp 1093–1096 | Cite as

Combined aspiration thrombectomy and continuous intrasinus thrombolysis for cerebral venous sinus thrombosis: technical note and case series

  • Anderson Chun On TsangEmail author
  • A. C. Hwang
  • R. H. Y. Chiu
  • D. Y. C. Chan
  • F. C. P. Tsang
  • W. S. Ho
  • R. Lee
  • G. K. K. Leung
  • W. M. Lui
Short Report


Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is an uncommon cause of stroke with high morbidity and mortality rates from venous infarction, intracranial hemorrhage, and extensive cerebral edema. Endovascular treatment with various devices has been proposed as a salvage treatment when standard medical treatment with systemic anticoagulation is ineffective, especially in long segment dural sinus thrombosis. We describe our technique of transvenous endovascular aspiration thrombectomy with large bore thrombectomy catheters, followed by placement of microcatheter for local thrombolytic infusion at the site of thrombosis. We report a retrospective study of angiographic and clinical outcome of six consecutive patients treated with this approach. Endovascular aspiration thrombectomy with large bore catheters followed by continuous local thrombolytic infusion appeared to be a safe and effective salvage treatment for selected patients with cerebral dural venous sinus thrombosis refractory to medical treatment.


Venous sinus thrombosis Thrombectomy Thrombolysis 


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No funding was received for this study.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in the studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study formal consent is not required.

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For this type of retrospective study formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Queen Mary HospitalThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong
  2. 2.Li Ka Shing Faculty of MedicineThe University of Hong KongPok Fu LamHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyQueen Mary HospitalPok Fu LamHong Kong

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