J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2021 Mar 17;30(6):105728. Epub 2021 Mar 17.
Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, Ohio, USA; Cerebrovascular Center, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Electronic address:
Objectives: Our review aims to present existing data on the safety of Intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) use in acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients with concomitant central nervous system or systemic malignancies, with attention to special circumstances pertaining to specific cancer subtypes to help in acute decision making, especially for neurologists and emergency medicine physicians.
Methods: A literature search was conducted on electronic databases inclusive of Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL for articles published or available in English between January 1, 2000 to June 1, 2020 using the following search terms: "acute ischemic stroke," "cerebrovascular disease," "Intravenous thrombolysis," "tissue plasminogen activator," "cancer patients," and "neoplasm".
Conclusion: Recognition of stroke symptoms in patients with active cancer, in particularly those involving the brain, requires astute clinical judgement. Read More