A minimally invasive form of surgery is safe to use in people with a potentially deadly type of blood clot in the brain, results of a study released last week show.
Still, there is not enough evidence to know whether the technique is the best way to treat the clots, say the study’s authors.
Intracerebral hematoma is a type of blood clot that develops after a blood vessel ruptures in the brain. The condition can cause serious disability and is often fatal.
The best way to treat these clots is uncertain, and in some cases, the blood clot resolves itself without any intervention. It is possible to remove the clots through open-brain surgery, but this approach may traumatize brain tissue even more.
Intracerebral hematoma can also be treated with minimally invasive surgery that takes less time than conventional brain surgery and is less likely to damage brain tissue.
The study, conducted in the Netherlands, tested the effectiveness of a combination of clot-busting medication and minimally invasive surgery.