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Idarucizumab in Dabigatran-Treated Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke Receiving Alteplase: A Systematic Review of the Available Evidence
Pikija, S; Sztriha, LK; Mutzenbach, JS; Golaszewski, SM; Sellner, J
CNS DRUGS. 2017; 31(9): 747-757.


Golaszewski Stefan
Mutzenbach Sebastian
Pikija Slaven
Sellner Johann


Background and Purpose Current guidelines do not recommend the use of intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator in patients with acute ischemic stroke who receive direct oral anticoagulants. While the humanized monoclonal antibody idarucizumab can quickly reverse the anticoagulant effects of the thrombin inhibitor dabigatran, safety data for subsequent tissue plasminogen activator treatment are sparse. Here, we review current knowledge about dabigatran reversal prior to systemic reperfusion treatment in acute ischemic stroke. Methods We performed a systematic review of all published cases of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator treatment following the administration of a dabigatran antidote up to June 2017 and added five unpublished cases of our own. We analyzed clinical and radiological outcomes, symptomatic post-thrombolysis intracranial hemorrhage, and other serious systemic bleeding. Additional endpoints were allergic reaction to idarucizumab, and venous thrombosis in the post-acute phase. Results We identified a total of 21 patients (71% male) with a median age of 76 years (interquartile range 70-84). The median National Institute of Health Stroke Scale score at baseline was 10 (n = 20, interquartile range 5-11) and 18/20 patients (90%) had mild or moderate stroke severity. The time from symptom onset to start of tissue plasminogen activator was 155 min (n = 18, interquartile range 122-214). The outcome was unfavorable in 3/19 patients (16%). There was one fatality as a result of a symptomatic post-thrombolysis intracranial hemorrhage, and two patients experienced an increase in the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale compared with baseline. One patient had a recurrent stroke. No systemic bleeding, venous thrombosis, or allergic reactions were reported. Conclusion Experience with idarucizumab administration prior to tissue plasminogen activator treatment in acute ischemic stroke is limited. Initial clinical experience in less severe stroke syndromes and short time windows seems favorable. Larger cohorts are required to confirm safety, including bleeding complications and the risk of thrombosis.