Aurora Health Care Coordinates National Research Study to Improve Brain Clot Removal Outcomes

August 26, 2014

Milwaukee, Wis. – Each year, nearly 130,000 people in the United States die from stroke, many of them from intracerebral hemorrhage.

In an effort to help improve health quality for patients, Aurora Health Care’s Aurora Research Institute has launched a multicenter research study to assess the outcomes of a unique, minimally invasive surgical approach to safely remove clots in study subjects with intracerebral hemorrhage in deep areas of the brain.

Intracerebral hemorrhage is a type of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, most often due to high blood pressure. The pressure from the blood leaking inside the brain can damage brains tissue and lead to permanent disability and death.

Aurora Vice President of Neurosciences, Amin Kassam, MD, is leading the study at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which serves as the coordinating site for the study, known as the Minimally Invasive Subcortical Parafascicular Access for Clot Evacuation, or MiSPACE. Up to 12 sites nationwide will participate in the program.

“MiSPACE provides an important opportunity to study the clinical and economic impact of a minimally invasive approach to patients with hemorrhagic stroke,” said Sara Planton, director of Clinical Trials for the Aurora Research Institute. “Under Dr. Kassam’s direction, Aurora St. Luke’s will serve as the national hub and coordinating site for this important, multicenter trial.”

The goal of the study is to assess clinical outcomes in up to 50 study subjects surgically treated for subcortical intracerebral hemorrhage. A systems approach will be used that integrates five core competencies for safe and consistent use at 30- and 90-day increments.

As an additional measure, investigators also will perform an economic analysis, comparing inpatient care costs of patients who undergo the unique surgical approach to those managed with drugs or conventional surgical treatment.

“The problem we have today is that a ‘wait and see’ approach to hemorrhage resolution does not always result in the best outcome for the patient,” Dr. Kassam said. “It is our hope that by using this new, integrated surgical approach of subcortical parafascicular access with early intervention, we will provide a better end-result with less trauma to the patient and improved functional outcomes.”

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