This study assessed the association between diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) volume and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery vascular hyperintensity (FVH)-DWI mismatch, functional outcome in patients with acute stroke patients receiving endovascular therapy, as well as the value of DWI volume in predicting functional outcome with stroke patients.
In 38 stroke patients who received endovascular therapy, FVH-DWI mismatch, DWI volume on admission, DWI volume on follow-up, DWI volume growth, the functional outcome at 3 months [modified Rankin scale (mRS)], and other clinical data were collected. Statistical analysis was performed to compare the associations with the above variables and predict functional outcome after stroke.
Compared with no FVH-DWI mismatch group (n = 15), FVH-DWI mismatch group (n = 23) had a smaller DWI volume on admission (t = −2.980; P = 0.008), smaller DWI volume on follow-up (t = −2.911; P = 0.009), lower DWI volume growth (t = −2.328; P = 0.031). The 3-month outcome (1.87 ± 0.92) in patients with FVH-DWI mismatch was better than that (2.93 ± 1.62) of patients with no FVH-DWI mismatch (t = −2.307; P = 0.032). Spearman’s rank correlation analysis revealed that FVH-DWI mismatch (r = 0.327; P = 0.045), DWI volume on admission (r = 0.414; P = 0.010), DWI volume on follow-up (r = 0.486; P = 0.002), and DWI volume growth (r = 0.467; P = 0.003) were positively correlated with mRS at 3 months. ROC analysis showed when the optimal cutoff value of DWI volume on admission was 33.50, the sensitivity and specificity for predicting functional outcome was 60 and 95.65%, respectively.
Evaluating DWI volume on admission, DWI volume on follow-up as well as DWI volume growth comprehensively may be useful in predicting the functional outcome of acute stroke patients after thrombectomy.
Department of Radiology, Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, Jiangsu Institute of Cancer Research, The Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
Received 1 May 2019 Accepted 12 June 2019
Correspondence to Wen-Rong Shen, MD, Department of Radiology, Jiangsu Cancer Hospital, Jiangsu Institute of Cancer Research, The Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, No. 42, Baiziting Road, Nanjing 210009, China, Tel: +8602583283394; fax: +8602583283394; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org