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Table 7 Functional outcome 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 decompression Mean age (years) Dominant/nondominant hemisphere + ACA and/or PCA Mean time to surgery (hours) Mean time to follow-up (months) Independent outcome Mild to moderate disability Severe disability Death
Gupta et al., 2004 [123] - 138 50 20%/80% 32% 59.3 7–21 7% 35% 34% 24%
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.
  1. Functional outcome was classified as described in Table 2. ACA, anterior cerebral artery; PCA, posterior cerebral artery.