Stents in the Cranial Circulation
Stents in the coronary circulation have revolutionized the treatment of obstructive coronary artery disease. The VISSIT randomized study examined the safety and efficacy of a balloon-expandable stent in patients with symptomatic intracranial stenosis. In this study, as compared to medical therapy, stenting was associated with increased 12-month risk of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) in the same territory and increased 30-day risk of any stroke or TIA.
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