Sensitivity of prehospital stroke scales for different intracranial large vessel occlusion locations

Martijne H.C. Duvekot*, Esmee Venema, Hester F. Lingsma, Jonathan M. Coutinho, H. Bart van der Worp, Jeannette Hofmeijer, Reinoud P.H. Bokkers, Adriaan C.G.M. van Es, Aad van der Lugt, Henk Kerkhoff, Diederik W.J. Dippel, Bob Roozenbeek, on behalf of the MR CLEAN Registry Investigators

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Introduction: Prehospital stroke scales have been proposed to identify stroke patients with a large vessel occlusion to allow direct transport to an intervention centre capable of endovascular treatment (EVT). It is unclear whether these scales are able to detect not only proximal, but also more distal treatable occlusions. Our aim was to assess the sensitivity of prehospital stroke scales for different EVT-eligible occlusion locations in the anterior circulation. Patients and methods: The MR CLEAN Registry is a prospective, observational study in all centres that perform EVT in the Netherlands. We included adult patients with an anterior circulation stroke treated between March 2014 and November 2017. We used National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale scores at admission to reconstruct previously published prehospital stroke scales. We compared the sensitivity of each scale for different occlusion locations. Occlusions were assessed with CT angiography by an imaging core laboratory blinded to clinical findings. Results: We included 3021 patients for the analysis of 14 scales. All scales had the highest sensitivity to detect internal carotid artery terminus occlusions (ranging from 0.21 to 0.97) and lowest for occlusions of the M2 segment (0.08 to 0.84, p-values < 0.001). Discussion and conclusion: Although prehospital stroke scales are generally sensitive for proximal large vessel occlusions, they are less sensitive to detect more distal occlusions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-204
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean stroke journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


  • endovascular thrombectomy
  • prehospital stroke scales
  • Stroke


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