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Table 5 Mortality data in patients with malignant middle cerebral artery infarction: studies with reviews on conservative treatment versus decompressive surgery

From: Clinical review: Therapy for refractory intracranial hypertension in ischaemic stroke

Authors Patients treated with conservative treatment Patients treated with decompressive surgery Mean age (years) Mortality
Gupta et al., 2004 [123] - 138 50 Overall mortality 24% (follow-up 7–21 months)
Morley et al., 2002 [137] Gives an overview on available data.
  No trial fulfills the criteria of a randomised controlled study design to be included in a meta-analysis.