Q: What does ASPECTS stands for in stroke?
Answer: ASPECTS stands for "The Alberta Stroke Program Early CT score"
This score is developed depending on CT scan changes to assess ischemic changes after acute stroke to identify patients who are unlikely to make an independent recovery despite thrombolytic treatment. This leads to evaluate these patients for mechanical thrombectomy for acute ischemic stroke.
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2. Pexman JH, Barber PA, Hill MD, et al. Use of the Alberta Stroke Program Early CT Score (ASPECTS) for assessing CT scans in patients with acute stroke. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2001; 22:1534.