An intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (rt-PA, alteplase .6 mg/kg) for acute cerebral infarction within 3 hours of onset was approved in Japan in 2005. The treatment window was subsequently extended to within 4.5 hours of onset. However, few Japanese studies have compared the efficacy and safety of rt-PA therapy between patients treated within 3 hours and patients treated within 3-4.5 hours.

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