Dear Neurointerventionalists all over the world

It is my pleasure to present the latest issue of the Neurointerventional Newsletter. For more than a decade we have been providing you with an overview of the newest literature along with with personal comments of experts in the field of neurointervention.

This newsletter covers two major fields of neurointerventional work: stroke therapy and aneurysm therapy, clearly the two big shots of our work. With numerous studies revealing the advantage of endovascular recanalization compared to systemic intravenous thrombolysis, intraarterial therapy is growing fast. We still have some unsolved problems, mainly regarding the time window, but in general the endovascular therapy is the treatment of choice.

The same story is true for endovascular therapy of aneurysms. For nearly 20 years it has been accepted that patient outcome is better after endovascular occlusion of the aneurysm compared to clipping. With further development of new techniques – like flow diverters – we are increasingly able to treat formerly “untreatable” aneurysms. However, we should not forget that there are “simple” therapeutic options in some patients that proved to be safe and effective, for example. parent vessel occlusion. I really hope that you will enjoy this latest newsletter and I am looking forward to hearing your comments and opinions.

Best regards,

Michael Forsting

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