Vascular occlusion enables selecting acute ischemic stroke patients for treatment with desmoteplase

Jochen B. Fiebach, Yasir Al-Rawi, Max Wintermark, Anthony J. Furlan, Howard A. Rowley, Annika Lindstén, Jamal Smyej, Paul Eng, Steven Warach, Salvador Pedraza

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Background and Purpose-: Desmoteplase is a novel and highly fibrin-specific thrombolytic agent. Evidence of safety and efficacy was obtained in 2 phase II trials (Desmoteplase In Acute Ischemic Stroke [DIAS] and Desmoteplase for Acute Ischemic Stroke [DEDAS]). The DIAS-2 phase III trial did not replicate the positive phase II efficacy findings. Post hoc analyses were performed with the aim of predicting treatment responders based on CTA and MRA. Methods-: Patients were grouped according to vessel status (Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction [TIMI] grade) for logistic regression of clinical response, applying the data from DIAS-2 as well as the pooled data from DIAS, DEDAS, and DIAS-2. Results-: In DIAS-2, a substantial number of mismatch-selected patients (126/179; 70%) presented with a normal flow/low-grade stenosis (TIMI 2-3) at screening, with the majority having a favorable outcome at day 90. In contrast, favorable outcome rates in patients with vessel occlusion/high-grade stenosis (TIMI 0-1) were 18% with placebo versus 36% and 27% with desmoteplase 90 and 125 μg/kg, respectively. The clinical effect based on the pooled data from DIAS, DEDAS, and DIAS-2 was favorable for desmoteplase-treated patients presenting with TIMI 0 to 1 at baseline (OR, 4.144; 95% CI, 1.40-12.23; P=0.010). There was no desmoteplase treatment benefit in patients presenting with TIMI 2 to 3 (OR, 1.109). Conclusions-: In this sample of patients with a mismatch diagnosed, proximal vessel occlusion or severe stenosis was associated with clinically beneficial treatment effects of desmoteplase. Selecting patients using CTA or MRA in clinical trials of thrombolytic therapy is justifiable. Clinical Trial Registration INFORMATION-: URL: Unique identifiers: NCT00638781, NCT00638248, NCT00111852.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1561-1566
Number of pages6
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2012


  • computed tomography angiography
  • desmoteplase
  • magnetic resonance angiography
  • occlusion
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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