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Tissue plasminogen activator for acute ischaemic stroke

Daniel M Fatovich
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (8): 489.
Published online: 21 April 2008

To the Editor: I found it ironic to read the recent editorial by Davis and colleagues endorsing the use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) therapy for stroke patients.1 The irony relates to the fact that a week later I attended the annual scientific meeting of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, where data were presented (Hoffman J. New information on the use of tPA in acute ischaemic stroke. 24th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine; 2007 Nov 25–30; Gold Coast, Qld) that cast strong doubt on the conclusions derived from the NINDS trial.2

  • Daniel M Fatovich

  • Department of Emergency Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital and University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.


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